Questions on Capitol Hill about the addition of a controversial citizenship question to the 2020 census form
Japan articles on Democracy Chronicles
News about the struggle for better democracy in Japan. According to Freedom House, the "prime minister—who leads the majority party or coalition in the bicameral legislature’s (Diet’s) lower chamber, the House of Representatives—serves as head of government". Also see our section on World Democracy.
Sometimes blips on the diplomatic radar far away can be prescient of larger things to come. In the Philippines, things are happening, and they’re worth taking note of for the psychology of the country’s President Duterte.
The former defence minister Yuriko Koike has just become the first female Tokyo Governor in history
Japanese voter turnout gets an unexpected boost from a talking grain of rice named Komesuke
The outcome of the recent Japan vote may be less important than the response to economic challenges
The national Japanese voting age has been lowered to 18 from 21 in a historic change
Prime Minister seeks win in Japanese Upper House election to secure his majority and push reforms
Government has been accused of bullying pliant Japanese media into positive coverage of reforms
Warning that safety of 2015 free speech advocates is at risk from state and individuals actors
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic policy of Abenomics popularity tested in Sunday voting