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Between political alienation and economic dependence


Japan's Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping could vastly expand their political power this autumn. Both are now in a position to govern for years to come. Abe dissolved the Japanese Lower House in order to face down the opposition in the new elections. The coup succeeded. Abe wants to "reclaim" Japan. Xi Jinping was almost simultaneously appointed as the core leader of the Chinese Communist Party. He is now the undisputed leader of the Middle Kingdom, on par with Mao Zedong. Xi wants to realize the "Chinese dream". A collision course seems pre-programmed. more…

Thomas Awe | November 14, 2017

Japan's Hot Summer

There is no sign of a summer slump. The priorly largely successful LDP and Prime Minister Abe see themselves confronted with the harsh reality of electoral defeats, rapidly dropping approval ratings and political scandals. Abe and his government are severely dented; a new cabinet consisting of minister veterans is hoped to create stability. Meanwhile, the North Korean security situation threatens to esca-late. more…

Hannes Bublitz | August 23, 2017

Asia's Changing Power Dynamics

How Japan and India can Partner for Peace

On 05 December 2011 the internationally renowned Indian analyst on regional and security policy, Brahma Chellaney, author of the bestseller "Asian Juggernaut" (Harper 2010) and the newly released book "Water: Asia’s New Battleground" (Georgetown University Press 2011), on invitation of KAS Japan gave a presentation on "Asia's Changing Power Dynamics: How Japan and India Can Partner for Peace", which is summarized in this country report. more…

February 24, 2012

Japan's Defense and Security Policies

What's Old, What's New, What's Ahead

Analysis of the contents, changes and developments in Japan's defense policy since Tokyo adopted the so-called “National Defense Program Guidelines” (NDPG) in December 2010 by Prof. Dr. Axel Berkofsky, Professor and Gianni Mazzocchi Fellow at University of Pavia, Italy, and Senior Associate Research Fellow at the Institute for International Political Studies, Milan (ISPI). more…

February 16, 2012

Tokyo’s New Government - The End of Japanese Politics as We Know it?

‘Historic’, a ‘political earthquake’ or simply the ‘end of Japanese politics as we know it’ are amongst the attributes assigned to the crushing victory of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) over the incumbent Liberal-Democratic Party (LDP) in Japan’s Lower House elections on August 30. more…

Dr. Colin Dürkop, Dr. Axel Berkofsky | September 11, 2009

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