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Analysis: Consequences of Political Funding Issue, Prospects for Political Reform

At the end of 2023, Japanese politics were thrown into upheaval by a political funding scandal involving the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)’s Seiwakai (hereafter, the Abe faction) and Shisuikai (hereafter, the Nikai faction). The authorities suspect that both factions failed to appropriately declare income from fundraising events (政治資金パーティー) and expenditures (donations to some MPs) in the relevant political fund reports (政治資金収支報告書). Diet members who sold tickets exceeding their allotted quotas for the political fundraisers organized by their respective factions supposedly received the excess funds generated as kickbacks without proper settlements of accounts. In addition, those under investigation in the Abe faction allegedly did not declare the amount of money donated by the faction in their own political fund reports, either. The prosecutors are currently undertaking a full-scale investigation into this matter.

Consolidated Publication: The Making of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF)

New Publication

“The Making of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF)” is a series of discussion papers jointly produced by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s Regional Economic Programme Asia (SOPAS) and the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Analysis of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity for Fiji

This paper discusses the implications of Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) for Fiji.

Engaging and Path-Finding: A Singapore Perspective on the IPEF

Assessments of the IPEF differ, especially considering the lack of market access, but this paper argues that the IPEF provides other avenues for more robust trade relations.

Vietnam and the IPEF: Negotiating Prospects, Opportunities and Challenges

This paper provides an in-depth analysis of Vietnam’s economic development and its potential participation in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF).

Philippine Perspective on the IPEF Agreement

This paper aims to contribute to the discussion through the identification of anticipated outputs of the IPEF; an assessment of the possible challenges to ratification and implementation of the IPEF; and prospects of the IPEF’s engagement with Europe in the foreseeable future.

The Republic of Korea and the IPEF

The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) was announced as newly elected President Yoon began a tilt towards the United States (US), endorsing it as a chance to write rules and not take them.

The EU, the Indo-Pacific and the US-led IPEF: Which Way Forward?

The paper provides a European Union (EU) perspective on the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF). First, the recent progress made by the IPEF has given new momentum to the EU’s engagement with the Indo-Pacific (IP) partners and to its recently launched Indo-Pacific strategy.

Indonesia’s Perspective on the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF)

This paper provides an analysis of the Indonesian perspective on joining the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF). Using official documents, other available published materials, and conversations with several policymakers and experts, it highlights potential challenges in the negotiation process and later in the implementation of the agreements from Indonesia’s viewpoint.

Thailand’s Perspectives on the IPEF

This chapter investigates Thailand’s perspective on the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF). It introduces different views on the Framework from the Thai government, businesses, and civil society. The negotiation challenges facing the country and some anticipated outcomes of each Pillar are highlighted.