What to Make of Japan's New Negative Interest Rate
February 03, 2016
What to Make of Japan's New Negative Interest Rate
The economic (and political) factors behind the Bank of Japan's decision
What to Make of Japan's New Negative Interest Rate
Japan's 'TPP Chief' Resigns Over Corruption Scandal
January 29, 2016
Japan's 'TPP Chief' Resigns Over Corruption Scandal
Economic Revitalization Minister Akira Amari resigns from the Cabinet over a cash-for-favors bribery scandal,
Japan's 'TPP Chief' Resigns Over Corruption Scandal
In Okinawa, a Phantom Victory for the Abe Administration
January 28, 2016
In Okinawa, a Phantom Victory for the Abe Administration
The recent mayoral election in Okinawa is a step forward for Tokyo, but challenges still remain on the Futenma issue.
In Okinawa, a Phantom Victory for the Abe Administration
Supporters of Okinawa Base Relocation Plan Claim a Win in Local Elections
January 26, 2016
Supporters of Okinawa Base Relocation Plan Claim a Win in Local Elections
Tokyo's favored candidate won reelection as Ginowan's mayor, providing a boost for the relocation of a U.S. base.
Supporters of Okinawa Base Relocation Plan Claim a Win in Local Elections
Japan's MSDF Will Help Guard Disputed Islands From Chinese Warships
January 14, 2016
Japan's MSDF Will Help Guard Disputed Islands From Chinese Warships
Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force will now respond when Chinese vessels enter the Senkakus' territorial waters.
Japan's MSDF Will Help Guard Disputed Islands From Chinese Warships
2015: Japan's Year in Review
January 09, 2016
2015: Japan's Year in Review
Looking back at 2015 and ahead to 2016 for Japan and PM Shinzo Abe.
2015: Japan's Year in Review
North Korea's Nuclear Test: The Fallout for Japan
January 07, 2016
North Korea's Nuclear Test: The Fallout for Japan
The latest nuclear test underscores the challenges of Japan's relationship with North Korea.
North Korea's Nuclear Test: The Fallout for Japan
Japan, South Korea Reach Agreement on 'Comfort Women'
December 28, 2015
Japan, South Korea Reach Agreement on 'Comfort Women'
The agreement could provide a long-awaited breakthrough in Japan-Korea ties.
Japan, South Korea Reach Agreement on 'Comfort Women'
Japan’s High-Speed Rail Breakthrough
December 17, 2015
Japan’s High-Speed Rail Breakthrough
Tokyo’s rail diplomacy scores a win in India.
Japan’s High-Speed Rail Breakthrough
Abe's Visit Takes Japan-India Security Relations to the Next Level
December 14, 2015
Abe's Visit Takes Japan-India Security Relations to the Next Level
India-Japan security relations have flourished since Abe's first term in office.
Abe's Visit Takes Japan-India Security Relations to the Next Level
Korean Man Arrested in Yasukuni Bombing Case
December 11, 2015
Korean Man Arrested in Yasukuni Bombing Case
The suspect has both admitted and denied planting explosives at the controversial shrine honoring Japan's war dead.
Korean Man Arrested in Yasukuni Bombing Case
Japan’s Controversial State Secrets Law: One Year Later
December 09, 2015
Japan’s Controversial State Secrets Law: One Year Later
A year after the state secrets law passed, what impact is it having on freedom in Japan?
Japan’s Controversial State Secrets Law: One Year Later
Osaka Elections and the Japanese National Security Debate
December 06, 2015
Osaka Elections and the Japanese National Security Debate
The LDP's recent election loss might actually be to Shinzo Abe's benefit.
Osaka Elections and the Japanese National Security Debate
Japan-Australia Relations: Beyond the ‘2+2’
December 05, 2015
Japan-Australia Relations: Beyond the ‘2+2’
Japan and Australia created a new framework for defense cooperation. Now comes the hard part: actually cooperating.
Japan-Australia Relations: Beyond the ‘2+2’
Amid South China Sea Tensions, Japan Strengthens Ties With Philippines, Vietnam
December 02, 2015
Amid South China Sea Tensions, Japan Strengthens Ties With Philippines, Vietnam
The South China Sea is a large part of Tokyo's calculations, but aid to Manila and Hanoi has a decades-long history.
Amid South China Sea Tensions, Japan Strengthens Ties With Philippines, Vietnam
Abe Touts the TPP in Battle to Define the Regional Order
November 30, 2015
Abe Touts the TPP in Battle to Define the Regional Order
China’s push into the South China Sea is behind the growing awareness of the strategic value of the TPP.
Abe Touts the TPP in Battle to Define the Regional Order
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