Peter Tasker

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Peter Tasker

Japan Reflates

Amidst all this activity, the position of Japan is absolutely, well, pivotal. From the US point of view, a wealthy, confident and committed ally is a vital asset in what it is likely to be a long…

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Peter Tasker

Killing Godzilla

Only right-wing nationalists, communists and neo-pagans dare propose the time-honoured method of regaining lost competitiveness

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Peter Tasker

Darth Ozawa To The Rescue

The Democratic Party of Japan is about to make a momentous choice. Next week’s contest for the party leadership also decides who holds the office of prime minister. The contrast between the two candidates…

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Peter Tasker

The Perils of “Kansianism”

A leadership change in Japan passes almost unnoticed these days, but the ascension of Naoto Kan to the role of prime minister could have a long-lasting impact on the strategic landscape….

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Peter Tasker

How Japan Can Get Its Mojo Back

You are a little-known politician who has enthused the public with promises of change. You win a thumping electoral victory. You succeed a tired and discredited administration whose policies…

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Peter Tasker

A French Kiss from Japan

There’s more to Japan’s new first couple than meet the eye. The prime minister’s wife, Miyuki Hatoyama, claims to have befriended Tom Cruise in a previous life when he was, apparently, Japanese….

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Peter Tasker

Can Japan Get Its Mojo Back?

Remember the fable of the hard-working ant and the irresponsible fun-loving grasshopper? As generations of parents tell their children, both creatures get what they deserve. The grasshopper pays…