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New Japanese government marks dangerous turn to militarism

By Peter Symonds, December 19, 2012

The right-wing nationalism that pervaded the election campaign signals the determination of the Japanese ruling class to reassert its interests by every means, including military force.

Right-wing LDP government to take office in Japan

By Peter Symonds, December 17, 2012

The election outcome was not a positive vote for the LDP, but an overwhelming rejection of the ruling DPJ.

Air incident escalates Japan/China tensions over disputed islands

By Peter Symonds, December 15, 2012

Both countries have exploited the issue to stir up nationalism to divert attention from a worsening economic and social crisis at home.

Japanese election mired in nationalism and militarism

By Peter Symonds, December 8, 2012

The rightward shift in Japanese politics is a warning of the dangers facing the working class as a consequence of the worsening breakdown of global capitalism.

Japan: At least nine dead in tunnel collapse

By Oliver Campbell, December 4, 2012

Questions have been raised about the tunnel operator’s safety inspections.

New Japanese party formed to capitalise on anti-nuclear sentiment

By Peter Symonds, November 30, 2012

The establishment of the Japan Future Party is another sign of deepening political crisis in the lead up to the December 16 election.

Japan’s election dominated by right-wing nationalism

By Peter Symonds, November 24, 2012

The election campaign is rapidly becoming a contest with each of the parties seeking to outbid each other as proponents of nationalism and militarism.

Japanese prime minister calls snap election

By Peter Symonds, November 16, 2012

The ruling DPJ appears to be headed for defeat just three years after coming to power.

Deepening economic crisis in Japan

By Nick Beams, November 15, 2012

Japan faces the prospect of entering its fifth recession in the past 15 years.

Island dispute between Japan and China grows more tense

By Peter Symonds, October 24, 2012

By encouraging Japan to aggressively assert its interests, the Obama administration is responsible for the current tensions with China.

Economic fallout of Japan-China island dispute widens

By John Chan, October 17, 2012

The escalating diplomatic row between China and Japan led to a boycott of IMF/World Bank talks in Tokyo by top Chinese financial officials.

US stokes China-Japan dispute over Senkaku/Diaoyu islands

By Alex Lantier, October 16, 2012

Washington is deepening its support for Japan in its standoff with China over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.