Japan’s paradoxical shift to the right | Inside Story
29 October 2012
A nationalist troika forming in the run-up to next year’s Japanese election poses challenges for the region, writes Tessa Morris-Suzuki
THIS has proved to be a momentous year for the Asia-Pacific region, and particularly for Northeast Asia. North and South Korea and China are all undergoing or about to undergo important transitions in leadership – transitions attracting global media attention – but relatively little has been said about Japan, which is also in a state of political flux. Yet the implications of the changing configurations of Japanese politics are profound and potentially troubling.