The Land of the Rising Sister | Excerpt from Japan’s Information War by Dr. Nancy Snow

Japan is seen as a leader in soft power, the ability to attract and persuade rather than coerce, but is this the result of government initiatives? In Japan’s Information War, public diplomacy and propaganda specialist Nancy Snow takes an inside look at brand Japan’s inner workings. The result of two years of intensive research as an Abe Fellow, Snow makes a critical analysis of Japan’s global diplomacy and gives insights on how Japan could improve its nation branding strategy.
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Summer Soothsayer | Kokkai Insider

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Out with the Old…

Probably the most ineffective leader known to Japanese politics, Democratic Party President Katsuya Okada has announced that he will not participate in the upcoming DP presidential election. Insiders had been speculating that he might be stepping down; however, the timing of his announcement was quite unexpected. When pestered with the question of whether or not he was planning on running in the next Democratic Party presidential race, he stated he would respectfully wait until after the gubernatorial election results were out to make that announcement. After all, Okada’s party was supporting Shuntaro Torigoe in the Tokyo governor race and why do anything to steal his spotlight?

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Yuriko Koike

LDP’s Iron Maiden Goes Rogue! | A Kokkai Insider Spotlight

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In Tokyo’s governor race, all eyes have been on former House of Representatives Member Yuriko Koike ever since she revealed her intentions to run for the prestigious position 2 weeks ago. Sparked by the resignation of scandal-marred Yoichi Masuzoe, this election has turned into an epic battle between Koike, a well-known veteran LDP politician who is currently estranged from the LDP, Shuntaro Torigoe, a long-time political commentator backed by a coalition of opposition parties, and Hiroya Masuda, a career bureaucrat & former Governor of Iwate Prefecture backed by the LDP.

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7 Ways to Judge Sunday | Kokkai Insider

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Japan Votes!

On Sunday, July 10, 2016, an Upper House election will take place with 121 of 242 total seats up for grabs.

For Japan policy wonks, the largest question now beyond “which political party got how many seats?” is “does this spell ‘success’ or ‘failure’ for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party?”

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Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Abe Flip Flops On Tax Hike | Kokkai Insider

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Double Election

Previously, we gave a history of double elections in Japan, which have only happened twice before in Japanese history – once in 1980 after PM Ohira’s untimely death, and again in 1986 at the end of PM Nakasone’s term in office.

In Nakasone’s case, he called an extraordinary Diet session on May 27, 1986, just 5 days after the end of the regular Diet session. Then, almost exactly today, on June 2, 1986, a short note calling to dissolve the House was passed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and a snap election was called.
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Take It To the Limit | Kokkai Insider

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A Coming Storm?

With the July Upper House Election coming up fast, the LDP and Komeito have been making efforts to cooperate together as the ruling coalition. Unfortunately, some of the initiatives have not been so successful. For instance, Komeito has implored the LDP to provide more support for their candidates. The LDP reacted by stating that they will instruct local LDP divisions to request of their constituents that they vote Komeito.

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