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What Will Kishida Say on August 15 at Japan’s National Memorial Ceremony for the War Dead?
August 13, 2022

What Will Kishida Say on August 15 at Japan’s National Memorial Ceremony for the War Dead?

By Mindy Kotler
Kishida has an opportunity to demonstrate his independence now that Abe is gone. Will he return to the legacy of the Murayama statement?

The Japan-US Alliance Embraces the Economic
August 12, 2022

The Japan-US Alliance Embraces the Economic

By Simran Walia
The advent of the new Economic 2+2 shows how closely economic issues are intertwined with security concerns.
Japan Prime Minister Purges Cabinet After Support Falls Over Church Ties
August 11, 2022

Japan Prime Minister Purges Cabinet After Support Falls Over Church Ties

By Mari Yamaguchi
Kishida said it was important to gain people's trust and that the new Cabinet included only those who agreed to strictly review their ties to the Unification Church.

Japan’s Evolving Approach to the Taiwan Strait
August 10, 2022

Japan’s Evolving Approach to the Taiwan Strait

By Rena Sasaki
Comparing the current crisis to the Third Taiwan Strait Crisis from 1995-96, Japan’s attitude toward China, the U.S., and other like-minded countries has changed significantly.

Hitting Reset on Japan-South Korea Relations
August 09, 2022

Hitting Reset on Japan-South Korea Relations

By Jessie Laufer
With relatively new governments and a pressing threat from North Korea, the timing to renew Seoul and Tokyo ties is better now than it has been in years.

Pelosi Discusses Taiwan Tensions in Japan
August 06, 2022

Pelosi Discusses Taiwan Tensions in Japan

By Mari Yamaguchi
The U.S. House speaker and Japanese Prime Minister Kishida both denounced China’s ongoing military drills near Taiwan, underscoring Japan's security concerns.

Kishida Becomes First Japanese PM to Attend NPT Review Conference
August 05, 2022

Kishida Becomes First Japanese PM to Attend NPT Review Conference

By Mina Pollmann
Kishida's appearance at the review conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons is a sign of his personal interest in nuclear disarmament.
Japan Truckmaker Hino Says Emissions Data Faked for 20 years
August 02, 2022

Japan Truckmaker Hino Says Emissions Data Faked for 20 years

By Yuri Kageyama
Teams that were developing engines knew they couldn't meet targets and felt so pressured they falsified test results.

Tackling Japan’s Inflation Shock
July 30, 2022

Tackling Japan’s Inflation Shock

By Thisanka Siripala
Rising global energy prices are intensifying cost of living pressures and thwarting Japan’s post-COVID economic recovery. 

Japan’s Record-Breaking Summer COVID-19 Surge
July 28, 2022

Japan’s Record-Breaking Summer COVID-19 Surge

By Thisanka Siripala
The government has shifted its focus from prevention to priority treatment for the severely ill amid strains on the healthcare system.

Why Is Abe Shinzo’s State Funeral Stoking Controversy?
July 27, 2022

Why Is Abe Shinzo’s State Funeral Stoking Controversy?

By Jio Kamata
Even in death, the former prime minister remains a polarizing figure.
Japan to Join Indonesia-Hosted Military Exercises for the First Time
July 27, 2022

Japan to Join Indonesia-Hosted Military Exercises for the First Time

By Sebastian Strangio
Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has confirmed that the Japan Self-Defense Forces will participate in next month's Garuda Shield military exercise.

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