Marginalia on Japanese politics and society
Thursday, May 06, 2021
William Pesek on the Slow Vaccine Rollout
The Washington Post has published a badly titled William Pesek opinion piece: " Why Japan is failing so badly on vaccinations? " ...
Friday, July 28, 2017
Sussing Out Abe's Next Move
Yesterday's resignation of Democratic Party leader Renho only days after a major DP victory in the Sendai mayoral election, together wit...
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Speculating About The Renho Resignation
Let us keep this simple: the explanations Renho has offered for her resignation as leader of the Democratic Party make zero sense. "T...
Friday, January 06, 2017
Quietly Fading Away
Yesterday (January 5) was the last day for candidate registrations for the Yamagata Prefectural governor's race. By the end of the wor...
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Trust Is A Word I Believe In, Yes
First off and foremost, my utter admiration for Prime Minister Abe Shinzo for making his lightning, naked visit to the Trump residence to me...
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Consider My Mind Blown
Just in case anyone is missing the significance of Abe Shinzo's sudden rush to meet with Donald Trump, try recalling who Abe is, or at ...
Sunday, November 13, 2016
The Three States Solution - an immoderate suggestion
Shisaku readers: This has little or nothing to do with Japanese politics. However, this is my blog and I needed to get this off my chest. T...
Monday, August 15, 2016
On The Meaning Of Yasukuni Today
Over the next few hours a herd of Diet members will march through the confines of Yasukuni Shrine, participating in an annual political and ...
Friday, August 05, 2016
The Grand Illusion
Dr. Noah Smith has been one of the great defenders of Abenomics, that amorphous mass of Keynesian stimulus, Friedmanesque monetary policy an...
Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Friends Of Shinzo Cabinet, Take Two
For the first three years of his second premiership, Abe Shinzo surprised many with his restraint and balance. His Cabinets, with a few exce...
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