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Yuriko Koike hits trouble in Japan election campaign - Financial Times

Yuriko Koike is facing a dilemma over whether to stand in Japan's general election on October 22 amid signs her ambitious attempt to take on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in trouble. Ms Koike, the Tokyo governor, has yet to reveal whether she will ...and more »

Tokyo Olympic chief urges Yuriko Koike to focus on day job - Financial Times

The head of the Tokyo Olympics has called on Yuriko Koike, the city's governor, to put her energy into making a success of the games as she prepares to contest a bitter general election against Shinzo Abe, the prime minister. “From my perspective what ...and more »

Japan needs to debate policy, not personality - Financial Times

Japan's snap elections, even if they do little to change the status quo, will have one clear effect: demonstrating how the country's democracy has regressed. Prime Minister Shinzo's Abe's right-leaning Liberal Democrat party dominated Japanese politics ...and more »

Shinzo Abe gambles on sending Japan to a snap election – but it may yet backfire - The Conversation AU

Nick Bisley is Executive Director of La Trobe Asia, a member of the Australian Institute for International Affairs' National Executive and a Board member of China Matters. All of these entities receive funding from Australia's federal government ...and more »

Koike party in striking distance of LDP: survey - The Japan Times

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party has a 9 percentage point lead over the upstart Kibo no To (Party of Hope) led by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, a Kyodo News survey showed Sunday, three weeks ahead of the Oct. 22 general election. In the ...and more »

Abe doubles down on Kim, but will his snap election gamble pay off? - South China Morning Post

Love him or loathe him, there is no denying that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a consummate politician who has sensed that public sentiment is sufficiently with him that he will once again win a general election. And while the electorate may ...and more »

Will Yuriko Koike run in Japan polls? - The Straits Times

In a video loaded with symbolism, an immaculately styled woman, clad in green, walks purposefully past two old men in suits, their faces twitching in rage as they assail her for her defiance and gumption to break the mould. She is later joined by four ...and more »

The Story of How Japanese Politics Got Shaken Up in 2017 - The Diplomat

The stakes in Japan's October 2017 are high, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeking a new mandate to handle North Korea. By Ankit Panda for The Diplomat. October 03, 2017. Tobias Harris (@ObservingJapan), vice president and Japan analyst at Teneo ...and more »

Abe Makes Life a Lot Tougher for Bank of Japan - Bloomberg

The prime minister's tax hike is at odds with the central bank's mandate. Good luck. by. Daniel Moss. @Moss_Eco More stories by Daniel Moss. 1. October 1, 2017, 4:00 PM PDT. Well. This is awkward. (Bank of Japan Governor Haruhito Kuroda and Finance ...and more »

Japan's Choice: Abe vs. Koike - Council on Foreign Relations (blog)

For the second time since returning to the prime minister's office in 2012, Shinzo Abe has called for a snap election. His calculus seems to revolve around timing. A drop in Abe's approval ratings this summer shook confidence in his leadership, and ...and more »