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Japan Scores Tragic Own Goal with UNESCO Stance
October 21, 2016
Japan Scores Tragic Own Goal with UNESCO Stance
Tokyo’s position is damaging its international reputation and playing into China’s hands.
Japan Scores Tragic Own Goal with UNESCO Stance
Why Japan's Upcoming Polls Matter
October 13, 2016
Why Japan's Upcoming Polls Matter
“It would be appropriate to say the wind of an election has now started blowing.”
Why Japan's Upcoming Polls Matter
Does Another Election Loom in Japan?
October 06, 2016
Does Another Election Loom in Japan?
A snap election may be political expedient for Abe, but do Japanese taxpayers need to pay for another election now?
Does Another Election Loom in Japan?
Why Japan Has No Donald Trump
October 03, 2016
Why Japan Has No Donald Trump
Unlike the U.S. (Trump) or U.K. (Brexit), Japan lacks a strong, anti-establishment populist movement.
Why Japan Has No Donald Trump
North Korea Brings Japan and China Closer Together -- For a Moment
September 29, 2016
North Korea Brings Japan and China Closer Together -- For a Moment
Once again, the South China Sea and China's increasing naval presence near Japan are causing frictions.
North Korea Brings Japan and China Closer Together -- For a Moment
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
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