The Abe administration gets a free ride from the Obama administration for Japanese rightwing ideology
What made Shinzo Abe so happy about his meeting with Donald Trump?
The election of Donald Trump as US president pushes its alliance with Japan back close to zero.
World leaders gather in Mie Prefecture, Japan, for the G7 Summit, including activities for partners, formerly called spouses, of the presidents and prime ministers.
Then-Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi set a goal of having women occupy 30% of leadership positions by 2020, but Japan will come nowhere close.
Donald Trump’s comments about the potential need for the United States to retract its responsibility to defend Japan helps conservative Japanese politicians bolster this East Asian nation’s military posture.
Host Michael Penn interviews Rob Fahey about the prospects for and the challenges ahead of the Japanese opposition parties, led by the Democratic Party.
The ruling party makes belated and unconvincing efforts to legislate against the rise of hate speech.
The crackdown on yakuza, including the group called the Kudokai, which is registered as an especially dangerous criminal gang under Japanese law, has recently reached abnormal levels. However, the fact that the Kudokai is also an organization reported to have once had connections with Shinzo Abe before he became prime minister eludes most people.
The declining workforce is already having an economic and social impact across Japan, and one industry which is already facing major changes is that of convenience stores, which depend on the existence of a pool of cheap labor in order to thrive. The largest chains such as Seven & i Holdings, Lawson, and FamilyMart are on the front lines.