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Jio Kamata

Jio Kamata

Jio Kamata is a freelance writer and regular contributor to the Japanese opinion website Agora.

He graduated magna cum laude from the Global Studies program of Akita International University. His articles have also been published in The Japan Forward and The Japan Times.

Posts by Jio Kamata
September 25, 2023

Does Japan’s Kishida Fumio Deserve the ‘Profiles in Courage’ Award?

By Jio Kamata
So far, South Korea's President Yoon has been more proactive in advancing the relationship – and more willing to tolerate political risks at home.

September 18, 2023

Why Does the Japanese Left Hate Nippon Ishin So Much?

By Jio Kamata
Ishin may have the best chance of becoming an opposition force to be reckoned with, but leftists fear the party even more than the LDP.
August 24, 2023

Intensifying China-US Rivalry Imperils the ‘Yoshida Doctrine’

By Jio Kamata
Yoshida wanted to retain historical ties with China and obtain security guarantees from the U.S. That balance looks increasingly unlikely today.

August 04, 2023

The Case for a More Autonomous Japanese Foreign Policy

By Jio Kamata
A recent report by a group of Japanese foreign policy researchers calls for diplomacy at a time when few seem to understand its value.

July 07, 2023

How Abe Shinzo Broke Japanese Politics

By Jio Kamata
With snap elections and sniping at the opposition, Abe eliminated any possible challenge. Without a viable opposition, some pursue extreme measures to bring about change.

June 09, 2023

How the Silent Majority in Japan Is Hindering Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage

By Jio Kamata
Polls consistently show a majority of Japanese favor same-sex marriage – but not enough to apply political pressure. Opponents, however, are vocal. 
May 16, 2023

Japan’s Refusal to Identify as a Military Power Has Geopolitical Consequences 

By Jio Kamata
Public sentiment could seriously constrain Japan’s actions in a military conflict – for example, if China were to invade Taiwan.

May 15, 2023

Why Won’t Japan Apologize in a Way That Satisfies South Korea?

By Jio Kamata
Again and again, Japanese prime ministers have hesitated to go against the powerful conservative faction to offer a direct apology for Japan's colonial period.

April 28, 2023

Why Does Japan Have a Military Base in Djibouti?

By Jio Kamata
The unfolding crisis in Sudan has drawn attention to Japan’s only overseas base – and some of the problems surrounding the installation.

April 06, 2023

The Underestimated Strength of Kishida Fumio

By Jio Kamata
Kishida’s paramount political asset may be his harmless persona.

February 23, 2023

The Invasion of Ukraine Turned Japan’s Russia Policy on Its Head

By Jio Kamata
From attempts at flattery and concerted diplomacy in 2014, Tokyo has pivoted to sanctions in lockstep with the rest of the G-7.
February 01, 2023

Will Suga Yoshihide Make a Comeback?

By Jio Kamata
As Prime Minister Kishida fights flagging approval ratings, his predecessor is testing the political waters.

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