This weekend Japan will hold elections for the upper house of its parliament and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is hoping to emerge with control of both houses for the first time in six years.
How are his chances and what alarming policies would be fast-tracked under an Abe-in-command scenario?
Joining us now is Dr. Kim Ji-yoon , Director of the Public Opinion Studies Center at the Asan Institute in the studio.
Good to be here.
How likely is a win for Abe's party the LDP. Are Japanese voters turning to the right and towards Abe's hawkish policies?
One of Abe's alarming priorities is to amend Japan's peace clause in its constitution to bring back a full military. Is he doing this to appeal to voters and should we be alarmed?
If Abe gains full control of parliament what's next for Abenomics? Does he want to accelerate his yen-depreciating stimulus plan?
How do neighboring countries including Korea view Abe's leadership of Japan and the prospect of his gaining more power? He has already upset both countries since taking office in December.
Korea-Japan ties haven't been in their best shape in recent months with no concrete exchanges taken place about a possible summit between Abe and Park.
How should the Korean government deal with Japan?
Thanks for joining us today.
Thanks for having me.