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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.

Japan Takes Small Step Toward Diplomacy With North Korea
March 19, 2019
Japan Takes Small Step Toward Diplomacy With North Korea
By stepping back from an annual UN resolution on North Korean human rights, Tokyo is sending a signal to Pyongyang.
Japan Takes Small Step Toward Diplomacy With North Korea
Okinawa Governor Asks Tokyo, US to Rethink Base Relocation Plan
March 09, 2019
Okinawa Governor Asks Tokyo, US to Rethink Base Relocation Plan
Denny Tamaki met with Prime Minister Abe and the U.S. embassy after a recent referendum rejecting a new U.S. base.
Okinawa Governor Asks Tokyo, US to Rethink Base Relocation Plan
Japan Gives Trump a Thumb's Up for Hanoi Summit
March 01, 2019
Japan Gives Trump a Thumb's Up for Hanoi Summit
Shinzo Abe expressed his support for the decision to leave the US-North Korea summit with no deal.
Japan Gives Trump a Thumb's Up for Hanoi Summit
Japan Eyes a Diplomatic Upgrade
February 23, 2019
Japan Eyes a Diplomatic Upgrade
Foreign Minister Taro Kono told parliament that the country needs to overhaul its foreign ministry workforce.
Japan Eyes a Diplomatic Upgrade
Brexit on the Brain as Germany’s Chancellor Comes to Japan
February 09, 2019
Brexit on the Brain as Germany’s Chancellor Comes to Japan
Trade issues – including the UK’s looming departure from the European Union – topped the agenda for Angela Merkel in Japan.
Brexit on the Brain as Germany’s Chancellor Comes to Japan
Japan Calls for Global Consensus on Data Governance
February 02, 2019
Japan Calls for Global Consensus on Data Governance
Noting that “data drives everything,” Shinzo Abe said the Osaka G-20 summit will focus on establishing rules for this new frontier.
Japan Calls for Global Consensus on Data Governance
Japan, South Korea Foreign Ministers Meet Amid Bilateral Chill
January 26, 2019
Japan, South Korea Foreign Ministers Meet Amid Bilateral Chill
Just before the meeting, South Korea accused Japan of a provocative flight over a Korean destroyer.
Japan, South Korea Foreign Ministers Meet Amid Bilateral Chill
Japan Wants Human Rights Back on the North Korea Agenda
December 22, 2018
Japan Wants Human Rights Back on the North Korea Agenda
A government-organized symposium focused on human rights, including the abductee issue, rather than nuclear weapons.
Japan Wants Human Rights Back on the North Korea Agenda
After a Busy G20 for Abe, Japan Prepares to Host in 2019
December 08, 2018
After a Busy G20 for Abe, Japan Prepares to Host in 2019
Japan's prime minister had a full slate of meetings at the summit, but also found time to outline Japan's focus as next year's host.
After a Busy G20 for Abe, Japan Prepares to Host in 2019
Is Japan About to Officially Upgrade to Aircraft Carriers?
December 01, 2018
Is Japan About to Officially Upgrade to Aircraft Carriers?
A reported plan to modify the Izumo-class will face obstacles at home and abroad.
Is Japan About to Officially Upgrade to Aircraft Carriers?
Japan's Subtle China Strategy on Display
November 24, 2018
Japan's Subtle China Strategy on Display
At the latest round of ASEAN summitry, Abe emphasized rapprochement with China even while raising criticisms.
Japan's Subtle China Strategy on Display
From Japan, US VP Denounces 'Authoritarianism and Aggression'
November 16, 2018
From Japan, US VP Denounces 'Authoritarianism and Aggression'
During his visit to Tokyo, Mike Pence laid out the U.S.-Japan joint vision for the Indo-Pacific region.
From Japan, US VP Denounces 'Authoritarianism and Aggression'
Forced Labor Court Decision Opens Rift in Japan-South Korea Ties
November 10, 2018
Forced Labor Court Decision Opens Rift in Japan-South Korea Ties
Japan wants South Korea to undo a court ruling granting compensation to victims of World War II-era forced labor.
Forced Labor Court Decision Opens Rift in Japan-South Korea Ties
Abe, Modi Herald 'Unparalleled Potential' in Japan-India Relations
October 30, 2018
Abe, Modi Herald 'Unparalleled Potential' in Japan-India Relations
The Indian prime minister's visit to Japan saw deepening ties across the board, especially on defense.
Abe, Modi Herald 'Unparalleled Potential' in Japan-India Relations
Abe Wants 'New Era' in China-Japan Relations
October 26, 2018
Abe Wants 'New Era' in China-Japan Relations
Shinzo Abe's long-awaited trip to China brought a raft of deals, but no major breakthroughs.
Abe Wants 'New Era' in China-Japan Relations
Facing 'Rising Sun' Flag Row, Japan Withdraws From International Fleet Review
October 12, 2018
Facing 'Rising Sun' Flag Row, Japan Withdraws From International Fleet Review
The dispute once again illustrates the extent to which history plagues modern Japan-South Korea relations.
Facing 'Rising Sun' Flag Row, Japan Withdraws From International Fleet Review
Can Japan Be a Climate Change Leader?
October 05, 2018
Can Japan Be a Climate Change Leader?
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe certainly thinks so.
Can Japan Be a Climate Change Leader?
At UN, Japan's Abe Defends the Rules-Based Order
September 27, 2018
At UN, Japan's Abe Defends the Rules-Based Order
Abe promises to defend free trade while resolving long-standing issues with Japan's neighbors.
At UN, Japan's Abe Defends the Rules-Based Order
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
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