Joff Bradley (Toyo): Is the Otaku Becoming-Overman? Charles Yuji (Osaka): Why Has Japan's Massive Government Debt Not Wreaked Havoc (Yet)? To illustrate just how woeful Japan’s fiscal conditions are now, one merely has to look at how they were in March 1945. Forget the PS4 — here’s what’s really saving the Japanese economy. An interview with Anne Allison, author of Precarious Japan. Satish Tandon on going backwards in Japan: Say goodbye to a system that was equitable and among the fairest in the world. Kozo Kiyota and Tetsuji Okazaki on industrial policy and productivity: The case of import quota removal during post-war Japan. Japan is still not owning up to its dark history: Kenneth Courtis on why Prime Minister Abe’s fourth arrow should be a credible national apology. Reflections 68 years on: Yuki Tanaka on how to address an irresponsible state. Self-defence can look menacing: An article on Japan’s national-security strategy. Can a shriveled Japan defend itself? J. Berkshire Miller investigates. Have Murakami’s novels eased political tension in East Asia? Dennis Abrams wonders. Joseph Nye on the return of Japan. Sean Richey on how Japan’s enduring political inequality just won’t go away. Danielle Wiener-Bronner on how Japan keeps executing prisoners without giving them any warning. Japanese mafia rounds up homeless men to clean up Fukushima. Alexis Agliano Sanborn on why Tokyo's Two Towers embody shift “from modern to postmodern”. Koji Mizoguchi, author of The Archaeology of Japan, finds that a simple interest in the world around us is the starting point for archaeological inquiry.

From the inaugural issue of the Journal of Performance Magic, Ian Saville (Middlesex): The Development of Socialist Magic: Reflections on the Place of Power and Ideology in Magic Performance. From The Midway Review, Colin Bradley delineates the point of the humanities; Joshua Trubowitz discusses love with Martha Nussbaum; Michael Begun demystifies our need for narratives; and Jon Catlin defends mere words in history. Andrew Arato on Hannah Arendt, constitutionalism and the problem of Israel/Palestine. You probably rely on the federal government a lot more than you think you do: The American political system has developed an unusual way of meeting citizens' needs while attempting to hide the fact that it is doing so. Is the EU adopting a double-standards approach toward Israel and the Palestinian Territories? Lorenzo Kamel investigates (and part 2). Bush lawyer John B. Bellinger wants post-9/11 war authorization revised. Victoria Turk on too much gaming can make you see things. From The Morning News, Nikkitha Bakshani on brief interviews with very small publishers. Why is Stalin seen as relatively more acceptable than Hitler? Peter Singer investigates. The literary world gained a valuable new addition with the launch of new literary journal THEM, which focuses on the work of transgender writers. Millionaires run our government — Nicholas Carnes on why that matters (and more). Who are the poorest politicians in Congress? Nora Caplan-Bricker investigates.

The War on Poverty turns 50: Mike Konczal on three lessons for liberals today (and more and more). If you dismiss the War on Poverty simply because poverty is still high, then you’re not making a serious argument. Dylan Matthews on everything you need to know about the war on poverty. Jonathan Cohn on how to measure whether LBJ's War on Poverty worked. Igor Volsky on racism, sexism, and the 50-year campaign to undermine the War on Poverty. Paul Krugman on the War over Poverty (and more). Matthew Yglesias on the state of anti-poverty policy in America. Michael B. Katz on how America abandoned its “undeserving” poor: With poverty on the rise in the late 1970s, Reagan conservatives waged war on the needy — and won. GOP leaders want to “own” the issue of fighting poverty; the challenge: Republican voters don’t think poverty is much of a priority. Why does the GOP suddenly “care” about the poor? Alex Pareene on how it's an easy way to look compassionate without changing any policies. Conservatives don’t want to talk about income inequality — that’s why we should. Jonathan Chait on that awkward moment when Republicans have to hurt the poor before they can love them. Robert Reich on why the Republican’s old divide-and-conquer strategy — setting working class against the poor — is backfiring. Why do we care whether the poor work? Claude S. Fischer wants to know. Gordon Haber reviews The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives by Sasha Abramsky. Why aren’t the 90% more vocal for policies that would support them?