“Opposition” does not refer to minority parties in parliament, who remain irrelevant, but hardliners in the bureaucracy and their supporters
The ensuing collapse in the West’s financial credibility was equivalent to the Iraq War’s effect on its strategic credibility
With her distrust of nuclear power and support for medical marijuana, Akie Abe constituted an “intra-family opposition party.”
The lesson the North Koreans have learned is that bluster, brutality and blackmail make for a winning strategy.
Abe was treated to hugs, multiple dinner dates and a sleepover at Trump’s luxury resort in Florida. The round of golf the two men played there was highly symbolic,
Populism thrives under deflationary conditions, as in Japan and Germany in 1928-33, but populism in power often brings high inflation
It is the leaders and citizens of another Asian power that “should heed the lessons of Pearl Harbour.”
“There are people who wish I wouldn’t refer to China as our enemy. But that’s exactly what they are…”
Populism behaves like the drunken guest at a dinner party, who doesn’t respect the rules of public contestation but spells out painful problems
We don’t lay off our children or siblings in favour of lower cost alternatives.