December 14, 2013

Is Japanese Democracy at Risk?

Sebastian Maslow, East Asia Forum

The Associated Press

After his political resurrection in December 2012, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has campaigned on the promise to ‘take Japan back’ from the institutional constraints of the country’s ‘post-war regime’.

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