Democratic Party Presidential Election: Another Missed Opportunity for Japan's Opposition
September 19, 2016
Democratic Party Presidential Election: Another Missed Opportunity for Japan's Opposition
Once again, the DP misses a chance to carry out substantial political debate.
Democratic Party Presidential Election: Another Missed Opportunity for Japan's Opposition
For the First Time, Japan's Prime Minister Is Visiting Cuba
September 17, 2016
For the First Time, Japan's Prime Minister Is Visiting Cuba
After the U.S. opening, Japan joins a rush of countries seeking increased ties with Cuba.
For the First Time, Japan's Prime Minister Is Visiting Cuba
Can Japan Challenge China in Africa?
September 16, 2016
Can Japan Challenge China in Africa?
A recent meeting captures the ongoing rivalry between the two Asian giants playing out there.
Can Japan Challenge China in Africa?
Shinzo Abe Going All In on Improving Japan-Russia Ties
September 08, 2016
Shinzo Abe Going All In on Improving Japan-Russia Ties
Abe is committing a lot of diplomatic (and literal) capital to Japan-Russia relations. What will he get in return?
Shinzo Abe Going All In on Improving Japan-Russia Ties
Japan and Shinzo Abe's Gamble With Russia
September 04, 2016
Japan and Shinzo Abe's Gamble With Russia
Japan's outreach to Russia is risky, as it could end up alienating the United States.
Japan and Shinzo Abe's Gamble With Russia
Japan Seeks More African Support With $30 Billion Pledge
August 31, 2016
Japan Seeks More African Support With $30 Billion Pledge
Tokyo steps up its commitment to the continent at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development.
Japan Seeks More African Support With $30 Billion Pledge
Japanese Defense Diplomacy and ASEAN
August 26, 2016
Japanese Defense Diplomacy and ASEAN
What is the real purpose of Japan’s stepped up defense cooperation in Southeast Asia?
Japanese Defense Diplomacy and ASEAN
Goodbye Rio, Hello Tokyo: The Outlook for the 2020 Olympics
August 23, 2016
Goodbye Rio, Hello Tokyo: The Outlook for the 2020 Olympics
With four years to go, Tokyo still has hurdles to clear to host the perfect Olympic Games.
Goodbye Rio, Hello Tokyo: The Outlook for the 2020 Olympics
World War II Anniversary Once Again Sparks Controversy in East Asia
August 16, 2016
World War II Anniversary Once Again Sparks Controversy in East Asia
The 71st anniversary of Japan's surrender saw several officials visit Yasukuni Shrine, although PM Abe did not.
World War II Anniversary Once Again Sparks Controversy in East Asia
How Emperor Akihito Shaped Post-War Japan
August 10, 2016
How Emperor Akihito Shaped Post-War Japan
As the emperor signals his wish to step down, time for a look back at his legacy.
How Emperor Akihito Shaped Post-War Japan
Japan’s Emperor Hints at Abdication in Televised Address
August 08, 2016
Japan’s Emperor Hints at Abdication in Televised Address
The ten-minute pre-recorded message was the second-ever televised address of the Emperor to the public.
Japan’s Emperor Hints at Abdication in Televised Address
What Does Tokyo's New Governor Mean for Japanese Politics?
August 03, 2016
What Does Tokyo's New Governor Mean for Japanese Politics?
How an independent candidate managed to beat out candidates from both the ruling LDP and the main opposition coalition.
What Does Tokyo's New Governor Mean for Japanese Politics?
What Yuriko Koike's Governorship Triumph in Tokyo Means for Japan
August 02, 2016
What Yuriko Koike's Governorship Triumph in Tokyo Means for Japan
Yuriko Koike comes to the governorship of Tokyo with a complex political background.
What Yuriko Koike's Governorship Triumph in Tokyo Means for Japan
The South China Sea Ruling: Reinforcing China's Negative Image in Japan
July 28, 2016
The South China Sea Ruling: Reinforcing China's Negative Image in Japan
China's refusal to abide by international rules and norms contributes to its negative image in Japan.
The South China Sea Ruling: Reinforcing China's Negative Image in Japan
19 Murdered in Rare Mass Killing in Japan
July 26, 2016
19 Murdered in Rare Mass Killing in Japan
Japan has one of the world's lowest homicide rates, making the attack at a center for disabled adults deeply shocking.
19 Murdered in Rare Mass Killing in Japan
Japan-China Relations at a Crossroads
July 22, 2016
Japan-China Relations at a Crossroads
Asia’s two biggest economic powers continue to struggle to find common ground.
Japan-China Relations at a Crossroads
Newsletter
Sign up for our weekly newsletter
The Diplomat Brief