Japan’s Snap Election: Pacifism and the North Korean Threat

Photo: Pexels (CC) On October 22 Japan will hold a snap election, over a year in advance of the regularly scheduled date, December 2018. This decision, made by current Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, has been met with mixed reactions at home and abroad. Abe’s potential motives are being debated, but several factors may play a role in his hasty decision: the increasing threat of a North Korean missile strike, a long-running goal to strengthen the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, and the rise of a potential political adversary, Koike Yuriko. Here Comes Koike To casual observers, current PM Abe Shinzo...

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