- NewsletterBy Yuko NakanoJul 11, 2013
On June 14, the Abe government approved a national growth strategy, the third of three “arrows” in an economic revitalization policy known as “Abenomics.” One focus of the growth strategy is women’s participation in the workforce.1 Prior to the announcement of the strategy, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a series of speeches outlining his policies and in an address on April 19 stated that his goal is to have “no less than 30 percent of leadership positions in all areas of society filled by women by 2020.”2 Abe made a brief reference in that speech to two female Diet members who hold leadership positions in his ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), yet the number of female representatives in the Diet indicates that participation of women in politics is not fully embraced in Japan.
- NewsletterBy Jeffrey W. HornungJul 10, 2013
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan has a lot to be happy about. In the recent Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election, his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) crushed all others, winning 59 seats to become the dominant party.
- CommentaryBy Ernest Z. Bower, Amy KillianJun 27, 2013
There is a compelling case to be made that over the last several years, we have witnessed the front end of an “ASEAN spring.” Citizens and voters across Southeast Asia have told their governments about their new and rising expectations for empowerment, governance, and rule of law.
- NewsletterJun 24, 2013
Now that We Understand Each Other, Time to Get to Work
By Christopher K. Johnson
- Critical QuestionsBy Carl MeachamJun 20, 2013
On June 6, protests broke out in São Paulo, Brazil, in response to the increase of the bus fare from R$3 to R$3.20. Since then, the protests have grown, with more than 250,000 people participating in coordinated protests in Brazil’s major cities. Meanwhile, Brazilians abroad are staging demonstrations in London, Dublin, New York City, Berlin, and Montreal.
- Critical QuestionsBy Carl MeachamJun 13, 2013
On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate voted 82-15 to move forward on debating the comprehensive immigration reform bill, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.
- JournalBy Scott Snyder and See-won ByunMay 15, 2013
South Korea and China both welcomed new leaders as Park Geun-hye and Xi Jinping began their presidential terms. Both leaders sent signals prior to assuming power that they wanted to repair relations that had frayed under their predecessors.
- JournalBy Aidan Foster-CarterMay 15, 2013
In a triumph of hope over experience, our last report ended with the cautious thought that new leaders in the two Koreas, each with a dynastic background, might have “a tacit basis for understanding.” It is early days yet, but so far 2013 has gone in the opposite direction.
- JournalBy David G. BrownKevin ScottMay 15, 2013
The contrast between tensions elsewhere in the region and the relative calm in the Taiwan Strait was clearly in focus. In an event commemorating the 20th anniversary of cross-strait exchanges, President Ma said progress is “an example for East Asia and the world by demonstrating peaceful resolution of disputes.”
- JournalBy Robert Sutter and Chin-Hao HuangMay 15, 2013
Chinese leaders reinforced the sinews of power to coerce and intimidate others from challenging Beijing’s South China Sea claims. They averred unwavering determination to defend and advance the claims and uphold China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.