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Japan’s North Korea Missile Woes
January 16, 2022

Japan’s North Korea Missile Woes

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan is on high alert after a frenzied series of North Korean ballistic missile tests.

In Memory of ‘Kaifu Diplomacy’ During the Gulf War Turmoil
January 14, 2022

In Memory of ‘Kaifu Diplomacy’ During the Gulf War Turmoil

By Daisuke Akimoto
The late Kaifu Toshiki is regarded as a symbol of Japan’s changing diplomacy in the post-Cold War period.
Japan’s COVID-19 Surge Spreads at Alarming Speed
January 11, 2022

Japan’s COVID-19 Surge Spreads at Alarming Speed

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan is showing signs of a “sixth wave” of coronavirus infections as the highly contagious Omicron variant tears through the community. 

Japan’s Self-Destructive Immigration Policy
January 04, 2022

Japan’s Self-Destructive Immigration Policy

By Markus Bell
Criminalizing asylum seekers and stigmatizing immigration is only worsening Japan’s demographic crisis.

Japan Braces For Sixth Wave Driven By Omicron 
December 30, 2021

Japan Braces For Sixth Wave Driven By Omicron 

By Thisanka Siripala
The spread of the new Omicron variant is on the rise and authorities are bracing for a worst case scenario.

The Gates-Kishida Talks and Japan’s New ‘Global Health Strategy’
December 28, 2021

The Gates-Kishida Talks and Japan’s New ‘Global Health Strategy’

By Daisuke Akimoto
The Gates Foundation has consistently collaborated with Japanese business leaders for the betterment of global health.

Japan OKs Record $317 Billion Extra Budget for COVID, Economy
December 21, 2021

Japan OKs Record $317 Billion Extra Budget for COVID, Economy

By Mari Yamaguchi
The budget largely is to fund COVID-19 measures, including booster shot vaccines and cash payouts.
What to Expect From Japan’s ‘Economic Security’ Legislation
December 16, 2021

What to Expect From Japan’s ‘Economic Security’ Legislation

By Daisuke Akimoto
The Kishida administration has emphasized economic security, but what does it mean?

Kishida’s New Japan in the COVID-19 Era
December 13, 2021

Kishida’s New Japan in the COVID-19 Era

By Thisanka Siripala
The shift to a post-pandemic era is at the center of Kishida’s new economic stimulus package, but the spread of Omicron threatens to derail Japan’s recovery.

Japan Needs an Energy Security Strategy for the Taiwan Strait
December 11, 2021

Japan Needs an Energy Security Strategy for the Taiwan Strait

By Dustin Hinkley
It is critical that the National Security Strategy review announced by Prime Minister Kishida include policies to improve Japan’s energy security.

Can Japan’s Main Opposition Party Win Public Approval?
December 08, 2021

Can Japan’s Main Opposition Party Win Public Approval?

By Thisanka Siripala
The new leader of the CDP is focusing on a policy-based approach to rebuild after a crushing election loss.
Can Kishida Become Japan’s First Human Rights Prime Minister?
December 02, 2021

Can Kishida Become Japan’s First Human Rights Prime Minister?

By Mieczysław P. Boduszyński and Christopher K. Lamont
Japan has rarely been keen to promote human rights and democracy overseas. That may change under Kishida and his new special adviser on human rights.

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