The Japan Considered Podcast Archive
April 2006

Weekly programs of analysis and commentary on Japan’s domestic politics and foreign relations. Role of the prime minister and cabinet, changes in Japan's domestic political environment, connecting voters and candidates, constitutional revision, and Japan’s relations with other Asian nations. These broadcasts are created by Japan Considered Project creator/maintainer, Robert Angel, and include short interviews with other specialists on Japanese politics and international relations

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Show Notes

April 28, 2006. Volume 02, Number 16.

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Thanks for tuning in again. No program last week. I was in Washington, D.C., visiting old friends and attending a meeting of the Washington and Southeast Regional Japan Seminar. Current Chair, Professor Tomoka Hamada, arranged a splendid program, the best one in years.

This week I've focused on the outcome of the Chiba # 7 district by-election in which DPJ candidate, Kazumi Ota, bested LDP candidate, Ken Saito. And the significance of that election outcome for Japan's politics in the short and medium-term. My interpretation differs somewhat from that of most of Japan's political journalists and commentators. Or, at least, differs from what they were writing during the week following the election.

Friday, April 14, 2006 . Volume 02, Number 15.

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Thanks for tuning in again, and for subscribing. I have to spend the latter half of next week in Washington, D.C. So there will be no Podcast on Friday, April 21. But I'll be back the Friday after that, April 28th. So stay subscribed.

This week we take a closer look at Ichiro Ozawa's first week as President of the Democratic Party of Japan. I focus on what his selection and presidency can tell us about the distinction between factionist and populist party leaders. Then we consider a surprising development in the North Korean abduction issues. And finally we take a web audio tour of this site, www.Japan

Best wishes for the Easter weekend, and drop back by on Friday, the 28th

Friday, April 07, 2006. Number 02, Number 14.

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Thanks for tuning in again this week. Click on over to the Japan Considered Project, sponsor of this podcast, at, and have a look around. The interviews with other specialists on Japan's domestic politics and international relations have been especially popular of late. And send your comments and suggestions to me at

News of the Democratic Party of Japan's efforts to select a new president has dominated Japan's media for the past week. We begin with a look at the selection of Ichiro Ozawa to succeed outgoing president Seiji Maehara. I apply the "factionist" versus "populist" categories introduced week before last to the leadership change.

Then we consider recent developments in Japan's management of relations with North Korea. Nothing exciting has happened this week. But I believe the accumulation of actions taken by the Government of Japan are worth considering together.

Finally we take a very short web sound tour of the ITV-Japan streaming video site. This is another useful resource available to us all free of charge.

As usual, we close out with a clip of bluegrass music, this time featuring John Starling and the late John Duffy. From their two-CD 20th anniversary album recorded for Sugar Hill Records.