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Split, Merge, and Lose? The Future of Party Politics in Japan
March 25, 2016
Split, Merge, and Lose? The Future of Party Politics in Japan
An opposition merger is a symptom of a deeper problem with Japanese party politics.
Split, Merge, and Lose? The Future of Party Politics in Japan
Japan: Why the TPP Bill Will Pass the Diet
March 19, 2016
Japan: Why the TPP Bill Will Pass the Diet
Despite opposition efforts, here is why the bill will pass through parliament.
Japan: Why the TPP Bill Will Pass the Diet
Japan: How Energy Security Shapes Foreign Policy
March 16, 2016
Japan: How Energy Security Shapes Foreign Policy
Jane Nakano on Japan's energy policy and its approach to the Middle East, Russia, and the South China Sea.
Japan: How Energy Security Shapes Foreign Policy
Japan's Evolving Role in the UN
March 15, 2016
Japan's Evolving Role in the UN
Can Japan continue to be a "peace enabler" in the United Nations?
Japan's Evolving Role in the UN
Japan's Flawed Nuclear Policy
March 14, 2016
Japan's Flawed Nuclear Policy
The most obvious flaw in Japan's nuclear policy -- reprocessing nuclear waste -- receives the least attention.
Japan's Flawed Nuclear Policy
Tokyo, Okinawa Avoid Court Battle Over Futenma Base Issue
March 11, 2016
Tokyo, Okinawa Avoid Court Battle Over Futenma Base Issue
In the latest twist in the Futenma relocation saga, Tokyo and Okinawa have shelved their court cases.
Tokyo, Okinawa Avoid Court Battle Over Futenma Base Issue
Why Japan's Defense Deal With the Philippines Is Unique
March 10, 2016
Why Japan's Defense Deal With the Philippines Is Unique
The new deal with the Philippines has different motivations than Japan's defense agreements with other states.
Why Japan's Defense Deal With the Philippines Is Unique
How Japan and Russia Cooperate in the Arctic
March 10, 2016
How Japan and Russia Cooperate in the Arctic
Japan is counting on Russian help to gain access to the Arctic's energy reserves.
How Japan and Russia Cooperate in the Arctic
Will Taiwan's 'Comfort Women' Get an Apology From Japan?
March 04, 2016
Will Taiwan's 'Comfort Women' Get an Apology From Japan?
After reaching a deal with South Korea over the "comfort women" issue, will Japan ignore Taiwanese victims?
Will Taiwan's 'Comfort Women' Get an Apology From Japan?
What One North Korean Abduction Might Mean for US-Japan Relations
March 04, 2016
What One North Korean Abduction Might Mean for US-Japan Relations
If a U.S. citizen is found to have been abducted by North Korea, it could highlight an issue that has long bedeviled Japan.
What One North Korean Abduction Might Mean for US-Japan Relations
The Iran Deal and the US-Japan Alliance
March 01, 2016
The Iran Deal and the US-Japan Alliance
The deal has removed a thorn in the side of the U.S.-Japan relationship.
The Iran Deal and the US-Japan Alliance
3 TEPCO Execs To Face Trial for Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
March 01, 2016
3 TEPCO Execs To Face Trial for Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
Nearly five years after the Fukushima meltdown, three executives have been indicted for the disaster.
3 TEPCO Execs To Face Trial for Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
It's Official: Japan's Population Is Still Declining
February 27, 2016
It's Official: Japan's Population Is Still Declining
Since 2010, nearly one million Japanese have vanished. How can the government stop population decline?
It's Official: Japan's Population Is Still Declining
The Invisible Achilles' Heel in Japan's Defense Plan
February 27, 2016
The Invisible Achilles' Heel in Japan's Defense Plan
Even as it invests in more equipment, Japan needs to do more to take care of its Self Defense personnel.
The Invisible Achilles' Heel in Japan's Defense Plan
Japan Moves (Slowly) Toward Electoral Reform
February 26, 2016
Japan Moves (Slowly) Toward Electoral Reform
Prime Minister Abe has pushed forward the timetable for reform, but critics say his plan doesn't go far enough.
Japan Moves (Slowly) Toward Electoral Reform
Can Japan's Opposition Unite to Dethrone the LDP?
February 26, 2016
Can Japan's Opposition Unite to Dethrone the LDP?
By-elections in April will be a testing ground for major opposition parties' election strategy.
Can Japan's Opposition Unite to Dethrone the LDP?
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