Abe Trades Investment for Security Council Seat
September 09, 2014
Abe Trades Investment for Security Council Seat
Japan will use a return to the Council as another means to counter China’s regional assertiveness.
Abe Trades Investment for Security Council Seat
Japan’s Agriculture Dilemma
September 02, 2014
Japan’s Agriculture Dilemma
Achieving large-scale agriculture is an imperative, yet political opposition is formidable.
Japan’s Agriculture Dilemma
New Anti-Hate Speech Laws Could Be Double-Edged Sword
September 01, 2014
New Anti-Hate Speech Laws Could Be Double-Edged Sword
Government attempts to limit anti-Korean rhetoric could be used to silence nuclear protests.
New Anti-Hate Speech Laws Could Be Double-Edged Sword
A Putin-Abe Summit Doesn’t Threaten the US
August 27, 2014
A Putin-Abe Summit Doesn’t Threaten the US
Washington is quiet on the possible visit, and could potentially benefit from the talks.
A Putin-Abe Summit Doesn’t Threaten the US
Key Misfire for Abe’s New Cabinet
August 25, 2014
Key Misfire for Abe’s New Cabinet
LDP Secretary General Shigeru Ishiba appears to be gambling that Abe will be vulnerable by next year.
Key Misfire for Abe’s New Cabinet
US Voices Exasperation Over Japan-ROK Disputes
August 21, 2014
US Voices Exasperation Over Japan-ROK Disputes
Bickering complicates U.S. strategy in Northeast Asia and could lead to a less effective alliance.
US Voices Exasperation Over Japan-ROK Disputes
Abe May Issue “Guarantees” for Nuclear Plants
August 20, 2014
Abe May Issue “Guarantees” for Nuclear Plants
A legal restart is complicated by the government’s own guidelines, popular sentiment and poor cleanup.
Abe May Issue “Guarantees” for Nuclear Plants
Polls Give Abe a Bump, But Not on Collective Self-Defense
August 05, 2014
Polls Give Abe a Bump, But Not on Collective Self-Defense
Polls indicate dissatisfaction with Abe’s main policies, but lack of opposition probably means no change.
Polls Give Abe a Bump, But Not on Collective Self-Defense
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
Japan’s Anti-China Coalition Is Dangerous
June 03, 2014
Japan’s Anti-China Coalition Is Dangerous
Japan’s attempts to assemble an anti-China coalition in the region are dangerous and misguided.
Japan’s Anti-China Coalition Is Dangerous
Vietnam Threatens Legal Action Against China
June 02, 2014
Vietnam Threatens Legal Action Against China
Vietnam appears set to use international law to settle its territorial disputes with China in the South China Sea.
Vietnam Threatens Legal Action Against China
LDP Sets Stage for Next Collective Self-Defense Talks
May 26, 2014
LDP Sets Stage for Next Collective Self-Defense Talks
Japan’s coalition partners are looking to iron out their differences over ‘grey-zone issues’ this week.
LDP Sets Stage for Next Collective Self-Defense Talks
The Day After Abe’s Panel Report on Collective Self-Defense
May 16, 2014
The Day After Abe’s Panel Report on Collective Self-Defense
The LDP has made its case for collective self-defense. Will coalition partner New Komeito influence the process?
The Day After Abe’s Panel Report on Collective Self-Defense
Is China Ready to Repair Ties With Japan?
April 15, 2014
Is China Ready to Repair Ties With Japan?
A decline in Chinese naval patrols coupled with less heated rhetoric may signal China is ready to work with Japan.
Is China Ready to Repair Ties With Japan?
Japan Loosens Restrictions on Arms Exports As China Looks On
April 04, 2014
Japan Loosens Restrictions on Arms Exports As China Looks On
Japan's decision to allow more arms exports leads to caution and suspicion in China.
Japan Loosens Restrictions on Arms Exports As China Looks On
Japan Eyes Sanctions on Russia
March 20, 2014
Japan Eyes Sanctions on Russia
Japan has announced it will halt negotiations with Russia over a trade pact in response to the Crimea situation.
Japan Eyes Sanctions on Russia
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