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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.
Fire Nearly Destroys Historic Castle in Okinawa
November 01, 2019

Fire Nearly Destroys Historic Castle in Okinawa

By Associated Press
Shuri Castle is a major symbol of the old Ryukyu Kingdom’s history and Okinawa's unique culture. Now it's all but gone.

An Unexpected Ally: Japan’s Up-and-Coming Partnership With the EU
October 30, 2019

An Unexpected Ally: Japan’s Up-and-Coming Partnership With the EU

By Emese Schwarcz
The most recent Japan-EU agreement cements an all-around partnership between the two.

Tokyo 2020: Asian Democracy in the Spotlight
October 25, 2019

Tokyo 2020: Asian Democracy in the Spotlight

By John Lee
Democracies must accept they are in a contest of political ideas, especially in Asia.

Is Japan’s Rail Diplomacy in Southeast Asia Moving Away From Shinkansen?
October 23, 2019

Is Japan’s Rail Diplomacy in Southeast Asia Moving Away From Shinkansen?

By Shang-su Wu
Southeast Asia is the main battlefield between Japan and China when it comes to high-speed rail.

Homeless Men Denied Shelter During Japan’s Typhoon Hagibis
October 17, 2019

Homeless Men Denied Shelter During Japan’s Typhoon Hagibis

By Thisanka Siripala
As Japan recovers from the worst storm in decades, reports of a Tokyo shelter rejecting homeless evacuees has sparked international outrage.
Japan Looks for Missing After Typhoon Hagibis Kills Dozens
October 14, 2019

Japan Looks for Missing After Typhoon Hagibis Kills Dozens

By Jae C. Hong and Yuri Kageyama
Typhoon Hagibis unleashed torrents of rain and strong winds this weekend in central and northern Japan.

Has Japan Lost Out in the Partial US-Japan Trade Deal?
October 11, 2019

Has Japan Lost Out in the Partial US-Japan Trade Deal?

By Thisanka Siripala
With details of the U.S.- Japan trade emerging, has the Abe administration sold out the Japanese farming sector?

Japan Mulls Mass Pardon of Petty Crimes to Mark New Emperor’s Enthronement
October 11, 2019

Japan Mulls Mass Pardon of Petty Crimes to Mark New Emperor’s Enthronement

By Thisanka Siripala
The tradition of pardoning crimes in light of major imperial events brings into question the need for amnesty in the criminal justice system.

How Public Discourse Keeps the ‘Domestic’ and the ‘Foreign’ Separate in Japan
October 10, 2019

How Public Discourse Keeps the ‘Domestic’ and the ‘Foreign’ Separate in Japan

By Xiaochen Su
Caricatured images pervade Japanese portrayals and understanding of foreigners.
Will Japan’s Latest Consumption Tax Hike Cause an Economic Slowdown? 
October 04, 2019

Will Japan’s Latest Consumption Tax Hike Cause an Economic Slowdown? 

By Thisanka Siripala
Despite global economic turmoil, the new tax rebate fails to sweeten the governments unpopular tax increase. 

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