Rebuilding Japan Archive

  • An agreement has been reached to extend the current Diet session and Prime Minister Kan Naoto has reshuffled his cabinet. But as long as he refuses to announce a date for his resignation, the chaos that is paralyzing Japanese politics will only get worse, argues Masuzoe Yōichi.

    A Prime Minister on Life Support

    An agreement has been reached to extend the current Diet session and Prime Minister Kan Naoto has reshuffled his cabinet. But as long as he refuses to announce a date for his resignation, the chaos that is paralyzing Japanese politics will only get worse, argues Masuzoe Yōichi.

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  • International misgivings about Japan are on the rise following a spate of gaffes by Prime Minister Kan Naoto. Although the prime minister has now announced his intention to stand down, Japanese politics will continue in a state of chaos until he reveals a clear timetable for his resignation, says Masuzoe Yōichi.

    Kan Survives Vote of No-Confidence, but the Chaos Continues

    International misgivings about Japan are on the rise following a spate of gaffes by Prime Minister Kan Naoto. Although the prime minister has now announced his intention to stand down, Japanese politics will continue in a state of chaos until he reveals a clear timetable for his resignation, says Masuzoe Yōichi.

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  • The Democratic Party of Japan swept to power on the back of a pledge to rein in the bureaucracy with top-down political leadership, and the current crisis might seem just the time for decisive action. But Masuzoe Yōichi argues that Prime Minister Kan's peremptory decision-making is inspiring doubt rather than confidence.

    A Dangerous Approach to Crisis Management

    The Democratic Party of Japan swept to power on the back of a pledge to rein in the bureaucracy with top-down political leadership, and the current crisis might seem just the time for decisive action. But Masuzoe Yōichi argues that Prime Minister Kan's peremptory decision-making is inspiring doubt rather than confidence.

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  • Masuzoe Yōichi, a national legislator and scholar of international politics, considers the economic fallout from the slow response to the nuclear accident in Fukushima, which has become a matter of worldwide concern, and also touches on two key problems highlighting the Kan administration’s mishandling of the crisis.

    The Kan Administration Reveals Its Incompetence

    Masuzoe Yōichi, a national legislator and scholar of international politics, considers the economic fallout from the slow response to the nuclear accident in Fukushima, which has become a matter of worldwide concern, and also touches on two key problems highlighting the Kan administration’s mishandling of the crisis.

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  • Masuzoe Yōichi, a national legislator and scholar of international politics, shares his views on what is required from Japan’s politicians as the nation looks to rebuild after the disaster. Can the government come up with the leadership necessary to win back people’s trust?

    Doubts About Japan’s Crisis Management

    Masuzoe Yōichi, a national legislator and scholar of international politics, shares his views on what is required from Japan’s politicians as the nation looks to rebuild after the disaster. Can the government come up with the leadership necessary to win back people’s trust?

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  • The crisis that has engulfed Japan since the massive earthquake on March 11 looks likely to become a defining moment in Japan’s history. Politician Masuzoe Yōichi looks at some of the possible repercussions of the disaster on the national lifestyle and government policy.

    Facing Up to a National Crisis

    The crisis that has engulfed Japan since the massive earthquake on March 11 looks likely to become a defining moment in Japan’s history. Politician Masuzoe Yōichi looks at some of the possible repercussions of the disaster on the national lifestyle and government policy.

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