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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his Cabinet in the Kantei, 10 August 2022.

Japan's women lawmakers remain seated

31 August 2022

Japan’s House of Councillors (upper house) election was held on 10 July 2022, placing 125 of the country’s 284 upper house seats up for grabs. Japanese...

Prime Minister Kishi Nobusuke with his family and grandson Abe Shinzō.

Abe Shinzo and the end of the Kishi era

31 July 2022

Until he was gunned down during a last-minute campaign stop in the western Japanese city of Nara on 8 July 2022, Shinzō Abe — Japan’s longest serving...

A teacher's room at Onizuka Middle School in Karatsu, Saga, Japan, 2005.

Japan's digital society rests on Kishida's leadership

21 June 2022

The Japanese public is not yet convinced of the need for a digital society.

Bank of Japan Head Office, Chuo-city, Tokyo, Japan, 2010.

Central Bank Digital Currency cast aside as cash reigns king in Japan

26 May 2022

The Bank of Japan must continue to improve its knowledge of blockchain technology to ensure financial stability and financial innovation in Japan.

CHUBU electric power company's HEKINAN thermal power plant

Balance is pivotal to prosperity in Japan's energy policy

19 April 2022

In mid-October 2021, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s cabinet approved Japan’s Sixth Basic Energy Plan. The plan represents a concrete roadmap for realising...

Kishida dumps Russia to back Washington on Ukraine but where does that leave China

14 March 2022

Japan has become one of the most active countries in implementing strong sanctions against Russia in support of Ukraine

Combatting Japan’s agricultural worker shortage

24 February 2022

Japan must support young farmers and improve conditions for foreign agricultural workers to save the industry.

Trade Minister Welcomes AJRC Report Findings

22 February 2022

On 16 February 2022, The Hon Dan Tehan, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, welcomed the findings of a major Australia-Japan Research Centre (AJRC...

Solving Japan’s wage stagnation

31 January 2022

The issue of wages has been on Japan’s political agenda since former prime minister Shinzo Abe urged companies to raise wages to fight inflation. Prime...

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