Japanese domestic politics, foreign policy, economics and society continued along well-established paths in the year 2016. And long-term demographic trends remained a major unresolved challenge. Yet three exceptions to continuity stood out: first, controversial legislation that expanded the legality of collective self-defense; second, the likely collapse of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP); and third, the election of Donald Trump.
Japan in 2016: Smooth Sailing despite Occasional Crosswinds
T. J. Pempel is the Jack M. Forcey Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Helpful comments on an earlier draft were made by Kiichi Fujiwara, Yuichi Hosoya, Ellis S. Krauss, Patricia Maclachlin, Richard J. Samuels, and Steven K. Vogel. The author of course remains responsible for all remaining mistakes of fact or interpretation. Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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T. J. Pempel; Japan in 2016: Smooth Sailing despite Occasional Crosswinds. Asian Survey 1 February 2017; 57 (1): 79–92. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2017.57.1.79
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