Webinar hosted by No Cold War – hosting a line-up of peace campaigners and academic to explore the issues of the ‘Quad’, associated attempts to construct an anti-China regional alliance and the prospects for a peaceful Pacific.
By Jude Woodward
His LDP/Komeito Party ruling coalition won over two-thirds – 313 – of the seats in the lower house of the Japanese Parliament. Taken together with the coalition’s existing two-thirds majority in the upper house, the election delivered a ‘super-majority’ for Abe which potentially allows him to take such steps as changing the Japanese constitution without consulting the opposition parties.
By Neil Martin
The outcome of the Japanese general election marked a sharp turn to the right in Japanese politics.
The poll delivered an overwhelming victory for the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior ally the Komitei, following the failure of the Democratic Party (DPJ) to take steps to revive the economy.
By Jane West
The recent visits by the leader of the opposition and two members of the Japanese cabinet to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine in Tokyo solidifies a lurch to the nationalist right in Japanese politics.