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Daniel Hurst

Daniel Hurst

Daniel Hurst is a freelance journalist based in Tokyo.

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.

Posts by Daniel Hurst
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March 19, 2019

Japan Takes Small Step Toward Diplomacy With North Korea

By Daniel Hurst
By stepping back from an annual UN resolution on North Korean human rights, Tokyo is sending a signal to Pyongyang.
March 09, 2019

Okinawa Governor Asks Tokyo, US to Rethink Base Relocation Plan

By Daniel Hurst
Denny Tamaki met with Prime Minister Abe and the U.S. embassy after a recent referendum rejecting a new U.S. base.

March 01, 2019

Japan Gives Trump a Thumb's Up for Hanoi Summit

By Daniel Hurst
Shinzo Abe expressed his support for the decision to leave the US-North Korea summit with no deal.

February 23, 2019

Japan Eyes a Diplomatic Upgrade

By Daniel Hurst
Foreign Minister Taro Kono told parliament that the country needs to overhaul its foreign ministry workforce.

February 09, 2019

Brexit on the Brain as Germany’s Chancellor Comes to Japan

By Daniel Hurst
Trade issues – including the UK’s looming departure from the European Union – topped the agenda for Angela Merkel in Japan.
February 02, 2019

Japan Calls for Global Consensus on Data Governance

By Daniel Hurst
Noting that “data drives everything,” Shinzo Abe said the Osaka G-20 summit will focus on establishing rules for this new frontier.

January 26, 2019

Japan, South Korea Foreign Ministers Meet Amid Bilateral Chill

By Daniel Hurst
Just before the meeting, South Korea accused Japan of a provocative flight over a Korean destroyer.
December 22, 2018

Japan Wants Human Rights Back on the North Korea Agenda

By Daniel Hurst
A government-organized symposium focused on human rights, including the abductee issue, rather than nuclear weapons.

December 08, 2018

After a Busy G20 for Abe, Japan Prepares to Host in 2019

By Daniel Hurst
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.

December 01, 2018

Is Japan About to Officially Upgrade to Aircraft Carriers?

By Daniel Hurst
A reported plan to modify the Izumo-class will face obstacles at home and abroad.

November 24, 2018

Japan's Subtle China Strategy on Display

By Daniel Hurst
At the latest round of ASEAN summitry, Abe emphasized rapprochement with China even while raising criticisms.
November 16, 2018

From Japan, US VP Denounces 'Authoritarianism and Aggression'

By Daniel Hurst
During his visit to Tokyo, Mike Pence laid out the U.S.-Japan joint vision for the Indo-Pacific region.

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