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First Fruits of the Japanese-DPRK Talks
July 04, 2014
First Fruits of the Japanese-DPRK Talks
With current cooperation coming at such a low cost, negotiating beyond abductees is a logical next step.
First Fruits of the Japanese-DPRK Talks
Abe’s Marching Orders
July 03, 2014
Abe’s Marching Orders
Government plans are well underway to solidify its new Constitutional interpretation.
Abe’s Marching Orders
The Shifting Sands of Northeast Asia’s Alliances
July 03, 2014
The Shifting Sands of Northeast Asia’s Alliances
China worries about a potential loss of control over Pyongyang, as Japan and North Korea make nice.
The Shifting Sands of Northeast Asia’s Alliances
Timing is Everything: Abe’s Playbook for Military Normalization
July 01, 2014
Timing is Everything: Abe’s Playbook for Military Normalization
Abe moves closer to passing collective self-defense, despite public protests.
Timing is Everything: Abe’s Playbook for Military Normalization
The Summer of Japan’s Energy Discontent
July 01, 2014
The Summer of Japan’s Energy Discontent
With another energy-saving campaign this summer, Japanese utilities may look for profits abroad.
The Summer of Japan’s Energy Discontent
NHK Ignores Tokyo Self-Immolation
July 01, 2014
NHK Ignores Tokyo Self-Immolation
A man sets himself on fire in protest at Abe’s policies. But that’s not news for NHK.
NHK Ignores Tokyo Self-Immolation
TPP Meetings Another Chance for Japan to Reform
June 30, 2014
TPP Meetings Another Chance for Japan to Reform
The US and Japan attempt to iron out differences while there is still time for Japan to join and substantially change its economy.
TPP Meetings Another Chance for Japan to Reform
Positive Data Fans Abenomics, But China Could Help Too
June 27, 2014
Positive Data Fans Abenomics, But China Could Help Too
Employment and inflation are posting record numbers, but a visit to Japan’s largest economic partner could be just as important.
Positive Data Fans Abenomics, But China Could Help Too
New EU Free Trade Talks Good for Abenomics
June 27, 2014
New EU Free Trade Talks Good for Abenomics
The EU’s agreement to a new round of FTA talks could give Abe’s economic reform additional momentum.
New EU Free Trade Talks Good for Abenomics
Japan and North Korea to Continue Abductee Negotiations
June 27, 2014
Japan and North Korea to Continue Abductee Negotiations
There is more to be gained from next week’s negotiations than aid and lost citizens.
Japan and North Korea to Continue Abductee Negotiations
No, the US-Japan Security Treaty Isn’t One-Sided
June 26, 2014
No, the US-Japan Security Treaty Isn’t One-Sided
The treaty gives the US benefits within the Asia-Pacific region that far outweigh the costs.
No, the US-Japan Security Treaty Isn’t One-Sided
Is Abe Trading Economic Reform for Collective Self-Defense?
June 25, 2014
Is Abe Trading Economic Reform for Collective Self-Defense?
The announcement of Abe’s ‘third arrow’ suggests he is more serious about defense than economic reform.
Is Abe Trading Economic Reform for Collective Self-Defense?
Abe’s Collective Self-Defense Cabinet Approval Imminent
June 25, 2014
Abe’s Collective Self-Defense Cabinet Approval Imminent
A new government draft has garnered coalition support, and could be approved as early as next week.
Abe’s Collective Self-Defense Cabinet Approval Imminent
Assemblywoman Heckling an LDP Concern
June 24, 2014
Assemblywoman Heckling an LDP Concern
Last Thursday’s incidents raises serious questions about the government’s commitment to workplace equality.
Assemblywoman Heckling an LDP Concern
No End in Sight for Marginalization of Japan’s Opposition
June 23, 2014
No End in Sight for Marginalization of Japan’s Opposition
As opposition parties continue to split, the LDP seems unlikely to face a unified threat.
No End in Sight for Marginalization of Japan’s Opposition
The Three Pillars of Abe’s Oceania Tour
June 21, 2014
The Three Pillars of Abe’s Oceania Tour
Japan will seek to build on progress in energy, defense and trade with its regional partners next month.
The Three Pillars of Abe’s Oceania Tour
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