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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.

Did Japan Get What It Wanted From the Osaka G20 Summit?
July 01, 2019
Did Japan Get What It Wanted From the Osaka G20 Summit?
Evaluating PM Abe’s sideline diplomacy and Japan’s pursuit of previously stated goals.
Did Japan Get What It Wanted From the Osaka G20 Summit?
In Run-up to G-20 Summit, Japan Eyes Plastic Waste Problem
June 21, 2019
In Run-up to G-20 Summit, Japan Eyes Plastic Waste Problem
A ministerial meeting focused on marine plastic waste and other environmental issues.
In Run-up to G-20 Summit, Japan Eyes Plastic Waste Problem
What Did Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Accomplish in Iran?
June 14, 2019
What Did Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Accomplish in Iran?
Abe’s effort at playing the middle man between Washington and Tehran yielded no immediate results.
What Did Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Accomplish in Iran?
Japan, South Korea Attempt to Push Forward Military Cooperation
June 12, 2019
Japan, South Korea Attempt to Push Forward Military Cooperation
A trilateral meeting of the Japanese, Korean, and U.S. defense ministers was a small step forward amid icy Japan-South Korea relations.
Japan, South Korea Attempt to Push Forward Military Cooperation
US, Japan Downplay Differences During Trump's State Visit
May 29, 2019
US, Japan Downplay Differences During Trump's State Visit
North Korea, trade, and Iran all remain points of potential friction, but Trump-Abe bonhomie was the center of the trip.
US, Japan Downplay Differences During Trump's State Visit
Urban Leaders Gather in Tokyo to Urge Climate Action
May 25, 2019
Urban Leaders Gather in Tokyo to Urge Climate Action
30 mayors and governors from around the world asked Prime Minister Abe to prioritize climate change at the June G-20 summit.
Urban Leaders Gather in Tokyo to Urge Climate Action
Japan Pushes for Its Own North Korea Summit
May 14, 2019
Japan Pushes for Its Own North Korea Summit
Shinzo Abe now says he would meet with Kim Jong Un without any preconditions – a change from Tokyo’s previous position.
Japan Pushes for Its Own North Korea Summit
Japan’s Diplomatic Policy Outline Reveals Shifts on North Korea, Russia
May 02, 2019
Japan’s Diplomatic Policy Outline Reveals Shifts on North Korea, Russia
Tokyo appears to be giving itself more room to negotiate on longstanding issues.
Japan’s Diplomatic Policy Outline Reveals Shifts on North Korea, Russia
Japan, US Beef up Their Cyber Alliance
April 26, 2019
Japan, US Beef up Their Cyber Alliance
Cybersecurity was a major focus of the recent “two-plus-two” meeting in Washington.
Japan, US Beef up Their Cyber Alliance
Does Japan's New Climate Change Strategy Go Far Enough?
April 16, 2019
Does Japan's New Climate Change Strategy Go Far Enough?
Japan wants to be a leader on climate change, but environmental activists have doubts about the latest strategy.
Does Japan's New Climate Change Strategy Go Far Enough?
Japan Praises Infrastructure Coop With Panama as China Also Ramps up Investment
April 06, 2019
Japan Praises Infrastructure Coop With Panama as China Also Ramps up Investment
Japan's efforts to boost Latin American connectivity featured during President Juan Carlos Varela's visit to Tokyo.
Japan Praises Infrastructure Coop With Panama as China Also Ramps up Investment
Amid Thaw, Japan Is Seeing a Boom in Chinese Tourists
March 27, 2019
Amid Thaw, Japan Is Seeing a Boom in Chinese Tourists
The influx is remaking Japan's ski resorts -- and potentially its foreign policy as well.
Amid Thaw, Japan Is Seeing a Boom in Chinese Tourists
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'
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