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Daniel Hurst

Daniel Hurst is a freelance journalist based in Tokyo. He writes news and feature articles about Japan for a range of international publications. Prior to moving to Japan in 2016 he specialized in political reporting in his home country of Australia. Previous positions included political correspondent for Guardian Australia, education correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and state political reporter for the Brisbane Times.

3 More Years of Abe: Japan's Foreign Policy Future
September 22, 2018
3 More Years of Abe: Japan's Foreign Policy Future
A round-up of the foreign policy challenges facing Japan's prime minister as he enters his final term.
3 More Years of Abe: Japan's Foreign Policy Future
Putin Surprises Abe With Offer of Japan-Russia Peace Treaty
September 14, 2018
Putin Surprises Abe With Offer of Japan-Russia Peace Treaty
Accepting Putin's offer would go against long-standing Japanese position on the territorial dispute.
Putin Surprises Abe With Offer of Japan-Russia Peace Treaty
Japan Focuses on North Korea’s Chemical Weapons
September 08, 2018
Japan Focuses on North Korea’s Chemical Weapons
Speaking at the OPCW, Japan's defense minister emphasized North Korea's other weapons of mass destruction.
Japan Focuses on North Korea’s Chemical Weapons
Japan: North Korea Still Poses ‘Serious and Imminent’ Threat
August 28, 2018
Japan: North Korea Still Poses ‘Serious and Imminent’ Threat
Japan's latest Defense White Paper sees “no change” in the evaluation of the threat from North Korea
Japan: North Korea Still Poses ‘Serious and Imminent’ Threat
Japan Wants to Spearhead an Arms Control Push in Asia
August 22, 2018
Japan Wants to Spearhead an Arms Control Push in Asia
Tokyo wants to persuade more Asian countries to join the UN Arms Trade Treaty.
Japan Wants to Spearhead an Arms Control Push in Asia
Japan Holds Firm Against Nuclear Ban Treaty on Anniversary of Nuclear Bombings
August 18, 2018
Japan Holds Firm Against Nuclear Ban Treaty on Anniversary of Nuclear Bombings
Shinzo Abe insists that the treaty is unrealistic, but civil society is pushing back.
Japan Holds Firm Against Nuclear Ban Treaty on Anniversary of Nuclear Bombings
Naval Cooperation Highlights Japan-UK 'Global Security Partnership'
August 07, 2018
Naval Cooperation Highlights Japan-UK 'Global Security Partnership'
A British warship is helping conduct surveillance designed to enforce UN sanctions on North Korea.
Naval Cooperation Highlights Japan-UK 'Global Security Partnership'
German Foreign Minister Wants to Forge ‘Alliance of Multilateralists’ With Japan
July 27, 2018
German Foreign Minister Wants to Forge ‘Alliance of Multilateralists’ With Japan
Heiko Maas calls for the countries to cooperate against threats from North Korea, Russia, China -- and the U.S.
German Foreign Minister Wants to Forge ‘Alliance of Multilateralists’ With Japan
Japan, EU Display Solidarity in the Face of US Friction
July 19, 2018
Japan, EU Display Solidarity in the Face of US Friction
Their new FTA is “of enormous strategic importance for the rules-based international order,” says the European Council president.
Japan, EU Display Solidarity in the Face of US Friction
Amid US Trade Tensions, Japan Formally Completes TPP-11 Entry
July 13, 2018
Amid US Trade Tensions, Japan Formally Completes TPP-11 Entry
Japan's Foreign Ministry framed the move as “a powerful message from Japan to the world.”
Amid US Trade Tensions, Japan Formally Completes TPP-11 Entry
Japan and China's 'Tactical Detente'
July 06, 2018
Japan and China's 'Tactical Detente'
U.S.-China tensions are driving rapprochement between China and Japan, a professor argues.
Japan and China's 'Tactical Detente'
Japan, Indonesia Strengthen Maritime Ties Amid 60th Anniversary
June 29, 2018
Japan, Indonesia Strengthen Maritime Ties Amid 60th Anniversary
The “free and open Indo-Pacific” was on display during Foreign Minister Taro Kono's first trip to Indonesia.
Japan, Indonesia Strengthen Maritime Ties Amid 60th Anniversary
Japan First? Tokyo Welcomes Malaysia's Repositioning on China
June 21, 2018
Japan First? Tokyo Welcomes Malaysia's Repositioning on China
Mahathir chose Japan for the site of his first visit since retaking the prime minister's office in Malaysia.
Japan First? Tokyo Welcomes Malaysia's Repositioning on China
The Trump-Kim Summit: The View From Japan
June 12, 2018
The Trump-Kim Summit: The View From Japan
Japan remains cautious about North Korea's intentions.
The Trump-Kim Summit: The View From Japan
A Brewing US-Japan Trade War?
June 07, 2018
A Brewing US-Japan Trade War?
Japan is facing the hard truth: even a close alliance doesn't provide protection from Trump's tariffs.
A Brewing US-Japan Trade War?
Abe's Russia Trip Comes to an Underwhelming End
June 01, 2018
Abe's Russia Trip Comes to an Underwhelming End
Japan's prime minister may finally have to give up hope of making progress on a long-standing territorial dispute.
Abe's Russia Trip Comes to an Underwhelming End
Japan's Pacific Island Push
May 24, 2018
Japan's Pacific Island Push
The Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting provided an opportunity for Japan to respond to Chinese influence in the region.
Japan's Pacific Island Push
Japan's Foreign Policy Balancing Act
May 17, 2018
Japan's Foreign Policy Balancing Act
This year's Diplomacy Bluebook shows Japan scrambling to square long-held positions with rapid changes in the region.
Japan's Foreign Policy Balancing Act
China-Japan-South Korea Trilateral (Finally) Meets Again
May 12, 2018
China-Japan-South Korea Trilateral (Finally) Meets Again
After a two-year hiatus, the once-annual forum reconvenes amid rapid developments on the Korean Peninsula.
China-Japan-South Korea Trilateral (Finally) Meets Again
North Korea's Kim Signals Openness to Talks With Tokyo
May 01, 2018
North Korea's Kim Signals Openness to Talks With Tokyo
Over the weekend, Moon briefed Abe by telephone about his discussions with Kim.
North Korea's Kim Signals Openness to Talks With Tokyo
DPRK-Linked Academic: Prepare for 'Sad' Conclusion to Abductee Issue
April 26, 2018
DPRK-Linked Academic: Prepare for 'Sad' Conclusion to Abductee Issue
A professor from Korea University sought to “convey the perspectives from Pyongyang” in a Tokyo press conference.
DPRK-Linked Academic: Prepare for 'Sad' Conclusion to Abductee Issue
China-Japan Reset Continues With High-Level Economic Talks
April 20, 2018
China-Japan Reset Continues With High-Level Economic Talks
The two sides hope finding common ground on economic issues can help continue a thaw in relations.
China-Japan Reset Continues With High-Level Economic Talks
Left out of North Korea Summits, Japan Elevates Abduction Issue
March 21, 2018
Left out of North Korea Summits, Japan Elevates Abduction Issue
In a flurry of talks with South Korean and U.S. officials, Japan tries to make sure its interests aren't forgotten.
Left out of North Korea Summits, Japan Elevates Abduction Issue
Fukushima’s Diplomatic Fallout, 7 Years After the Nuclear Disaster
March 14, 2018
Fukushima’s Diplomatic Fallout, 7 Years After the Nuclear Disaster
Japan faces questions from abroad about its handling of the lingering aftereffects of the triple disaster.
Fukushima’s Diplomatic Fallout, 7 Years After the Nuclear Disaster
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