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The Ever-Evolving Importance of Japan’s Coast Guard
December 12, 2019

The Ever-Evolving Importance of Japan’s Coast Guard

By Mina Pollmann
Two recent changes highlight the multifaceted role the JCG will continue to play in Japan’s defenses.

Clash of Killer Robots? Japan’s Role in Preventing AI Apocalypse
December 10, 2019

Clash of Killer Robots? Japan’s Role in Preventing AI Apocalypse

By Daisuke Akimoto
Japan has a responsibility to spearhead discussions on the legal regulation of lethal autonomous weapons systems.
Japan’s Iran Dilemma
December 09, 2019

Japan’s Iran Dilemma

By Kazuto Suzuki
Regional tensions require a delicate compromise.

Japan-South Korea Ties on Ice Until Bilateral Trade Meeting
December 06, 2019

Japan-South Korea Ties on Ice Until Bilateral Trade Meeting

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan and South Korea’s relationship hangs on a thread until talks resume at a high-level policy meeting later this month.

Japan Ends 2019 With a Packed Diplomatic Schedule
December 06, 2019

Japan Ends 2019 With a Packed Diplomatic Schedule

By Mina Pollmann
Japan's flurry of diplomacy highlights its outreach to newer, more distant partners.

Pope Francis Preaches Anti-Nuke Message in First Japan Visit in 38 Years
December 03, 2019

Pope Francis Preaches Anti-Nuke Message in First Japan Visit in 38 Years

By Thisanka Siripala
Pope Francis brought recognition to Japan’s “hidden” Christians while bearing pro-refugee and anti-nuclear messages of peace.

Is Disaster-Prone Japan Facing Economic Derailment?
November 29, 2019

Is Disaster-Prone Japan Facing Economic Derailment?

By Thisanka Siripala
Following Typhoon Hagibis’ trail of destruction, worsening natural disasters are taking a toll on Japan’s economic outlook.
Pope Ends Japan Visit on Personal Note
November 27, 2019

Pope Ends Japan Visit on Personal Note

By Nicole Winfield and Mari Yamaguchi
Pope Francis visited a Jesuit community in Tokyo that could have been his, had an early dream of being a missionary come true.

Nagasaki, the Center of Catholicism in Japan, Prepares to Welcome Pope Francis
November 20, 2019

Nagasaki, the Center of Catholicism in Japan, Prepares to Welcome Pope Francis

By Associated Press
From ‘Hidden Christians’ to the 1945 atomic bombing, Nagasaki’s Catholic community has a long and often tragic history.

Japan, South Korean Envoys, Execs Discuss Ways to Cool Tensions
November 16, 2019

Japan, South Korean Envoys, Execs Discuss Ways to Cool Tensions

By Associated Press
The meetings between business leaders were decidedly friendlier.

How Does Japan’s Aging Society Affect Its Economy?
November 13, 2019

How Does Japan’s Aging Society Affect Its Economy?

By Simran Walia
The aging crisis will have major impacts on Japan's economy. What can the Abe government do to mitigate the damage?
Does Japan Have a Global Environmental Strategy?
November 06, 2019

Does Japan Have a Global Environmental Strategy?

By Elliot Silverberg and Elizabeth Smith
As the world’s attention turns increasingly to climate change, Japan is in prime position to lead.

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