Takashi Yokota

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J. Berkshire Miller and Takashi Yokota

In the wake of his party's victory in recent upper-house elections, some have predicted that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will abandon his efforts to fix his country's troubled economy in favor of military assertiveness. There are several problems with that line of thinking, including Abe's own pragmatism, his country's complicated legislative procedures, and the realities of regional politics.

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J. Berkshire Miller and Takashi Yokota

Japan's recent territorial tussles with China and South Korea and the election of the conservative Shinzo Abe as prime minister have the world worrying that the country is taking a hawkish turn. In practice, however, Tokyo's new government will toe a moderate line and concentrate on strengthening its diplomatic ties.

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Takashi Yokota

Japan's political class really has only one good option left if it hopes to rescue the country -- namely, to take a page from the Liberal Democrats' former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, whose mantra was "destroy the LDP."