The Moritomo Gakuen school affair was the first of the major scandals that shook the government of Shinzo Abe beginning in February 2017. This a working timeline which the Shingetsu News Agency intends to fill out and update in the weeks and months ahead.
SNA (Tokyo) — Japan’s ultranationalist elite, shut out of the mainstream discourse of a significantly civil society and venues such as broadcast television, have found a cozy new home for their creative history and effusions of ethnic supremacy on the American website YouTube. Although there
The document forgery scandal shaking Japanese democracy would not have occurred a decade ago, and it is important to understand how and why the Finance Ministry was so deeply corrupted during the Shinzo Abe era.
The Party of Hope and the Democratic Party move slowly toward a new political formation. In the long run, however, even that will likely do them little good.
While it can hardly be said that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has given credible answers about his role in the Moritomo Gakuen and Kake Gakuen school scandals, it is also increasingly apparent that the general public is willing to let him brush off these scandals and to get on with his policy agenda.
One of Japan’s best known politicians targets a prominent internet journalist, and in the process calls into question the very utility of social media.
If there has ever been a fresh Japanese political organization that seems to have learned deeply from the mistakes of the past and is making all the right moves, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan is the one.
There is plenty of reason to believe that the Party of Hope, which is the second-largest opposition party in the House of Representatives, is not long for this world. However, it remains unclear at this moment where its collection of centrist and rightwing lawmakers will end up going.
The Nukaga Faction with its 55 lawmakers is the third largest of the ruling party’s factions. The turmoil could potentially have an impact on the Liberal Democratic Party presidential race in September, in which Shinzo Abe will seek an unprecedented third term against one or more challengers.
The agreement to unify the opposition Party of Hope and the Democratic Party into a single parliamentary caucus collapsed ignominiously after only two days.