Beyond quake, Japan's political aftershocks - Japan's unprecedented "triple disaster" on March 11, 2011 – a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear reactor meltdowns – presented the government with its largest crisis since the end of World War II: issues with public confidence, difficult decisions with its economy, and a leadership problem with a serious disconnect between public needs and the national government's responsiveness - Council on Foreign Relations (2012/03/08)
Japan: Get ready for a rightward shift - the exploitation of nationalism by politicians is not unique to Japan, or for that matter, to Asia; it was Samuel Johnson in 18th century England who famously remarked that "patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel" - CNN (2012/09/03)
Japan's action on U.S. beef encouraging - U.S. senator - Japan, which was once the largest importer of U.S. beef, and a number of other countries banned imports from the United States in 2003 when bovine spongiform encephalopathy was first discovered in the U.S. cattle herd - Reuters (2012/09/05)
Japan's crisis of democracy - the Democratic Party of Japan's rise to power in 2009 promised a new day, breaking the old ruling Liberal Democratic Party's five-decade near stranglehold on Tokyo yet the country is now headed for a new era of political turbulence, party splits and realignments, and economic uncertainty - Wall Street Journal (2012/09/11)
Japan finds another gap in its disaster readiness - Mount Fuji - no plan in place to deal with a disaster in which an earthquake sparks a volcanic eruption at the country's most famous landmark; the volcano is active (and has been silent since 1707) but if an eruption was to occur it would potentially threaten a vast area including Tokyo, 100 km (62 miles) away - Chicago Tribune (2012/09/15)
Former Japan PM (2009-2010) Yukio Hatoyama: Free trade can lift Japan and Europe - free-trade talks are never easy; but like in Count Coudenhove-Kalergi words: "All great historical ideas started as a utopian dream and ended with reality. Whether a particular idea remains as a utopian dream or becomes a reality depends on the number of people who believe in the ideal and their ability to act upon it" - Wall Street Journal (2012/10/18)
Conservatism in Japan - a resounding landslide victory for conservatives in a vote driven by economic anxiety - Boston Globe (2013/01/30)
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