The Japan Considered Podcast Archive
September 2007

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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September 21, 2007. Volume 03; Number 34

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Thanks for dropping by again. This week coming to you from the Mobile Studio camped on the shore of Lake Thurmond.

Our program is a bit longer. But we've got a lot to consider! We take a careful look at the "campaign" for the LDP presidency waged all week by Yasuo Fukuda and Taro Aso. What's happening, and the significance of this important event for Japan's domestic politics overall.

Then we consider the "scandal scandal" that I've been discussing for the past few week. And the importance of genuine political reform for the credibility of Japan's electoral politics.

September 14, 2007. Volume 03; Number 33

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Thanks for dropping by again this week. Last week I said we'd continue to consider the significance of the cabinet reshuffle on Japan's politics unless we had any surprising developments. Well, we had one.

On Wednesday at 2PM, Tokyo time, Prime Minister Abe held a press conference and announced his decision to resign. Tokyo's political world has been wild since.

So, this week, we consider the causes of that surprise announcement, its significance for Japan's domestic politics and conduct of international relations.

As of today, former Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yasuo Fukuda, seems Abe's likely successor. A successor selected by the LDP's faction leaders, in the traditional Factionist pattern. What will this mean for Japan's domestic politics, economic policy, and conduct of international relations?

All considered this week. With more to come next week.

September 7, 2007. Volume 03. Number 32

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Thanks for dropping by. As we continue our consideration of post-Upper House election domestic politics in Japan.

This week our focus is on an effort to address the question: "Why is Shinzo Abe still Japan's prime minister?" It's a reasonable question, I think, given the difficulty he has had with public approval of his cabinet. And the disastrous results of the July 29th Upper House election. I don't have a definitive answer. But do have several alternative explanations.

As always, continue to send your comments and suggestions to me at And click on over to the Japan Considered Project website at It's slowly beginning to take shape.