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Will Suga Yoshihide Make a Comeback?
February 01, 2023

Will Suga Yoshihide Make a Comeback?

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

Japan’s Population Crisis Nears Point of No Return
January 28, 2023

Japan’s Population Crisis Nears Point of No Return

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s population decline is following the worst-case scenario, prompting the government to devise urgent policies to incentivize more births. 
Doubling the Defense Budget Won’t be Easy for Japan
January 21, 2023

Doubling the Defense Budget Won’t be Easy for Japan

By Daisuke Akimoto and Purnendra Jain
Kishida’s judgment on how to fund the defense budget increase will be a critical factor in his survival as prime minister.

Japan’s Largest Opposition Party Seeks Moderation, But the Base Disagrees
January 19, 2023

Japan’s Largest Opposition Party Seeks Moderation, But the Base Disagrees

By Jio Kamata
After a decade in the political wilderness, the Constitutional Democratic Party is trying to broaden its appeal – but its base is not pleased.

The Unification Church, Japan, and North Korea
January 19, 2023

The Unification Church, Japan, and North Korea

By ISOZAKI Atsuhito
The Unification Church and North Korea are closely linked, despite the church's adamant anti-communist stance.

Surviving Old Age Is Getting Harder in Japan
January 19, 2023

Surviving Old Age Is Getting Harder in Japan

By Thisanka Siripala
Seniors living in poverty or working to supplement their income are on the rise as Japan’s public pension system cracks under a super aging society. 

Japan, US Emphasize Security Cooperation During Kishida Visit
January 18, 2023

Japan, US Emphasize Security Cooperation During Kishida Visit

By Mina Pollmann
The Japanese prime minister's U.S. visit, and the latest 2+2 consultations, emphasized an even-closer alliance amid Japan's changing security posture.
Kishida’s 3 Dilemmas as G7 President
January 17, 2023

Kishida’s 3 Dilemmas as G7 President

By Takahashi Kosuke
After his successful tour of 5 G-7 partners, Japan’s three main challenges are apparent: Russia, China, and nuclear weapons.

Japan Eyes Delay of Fukushima Plant Water Release
January 14, 2023

Japan Eyes Delay of Fukushima Plant Water Release

By Mari Yamaguchi
The plan to released treated radioactive wastewater has been fiercely opposed by local residents and Japan's neighbors, including China and South Korea.

Japan’s Winter Energy Crunch Marks Return to Nuclear Power 
January 12, 2023

Japan’s Winter Energy Crunch Marks Return to Nuclear Power 

By Thisanka Siripala
The country’s worsening energy supply shortage is seeing nuclear power play a greater role in its energy mix. 

For Kishida and Biden, a Stronger Japanese Defense Posture Is Only Half the Battle
January 11, 2023

For Kishida and Biden, a Stronger Japanese Defense Posture Is Only Half the Battle

By Craig Kafura
It’s one thing to commit to a stronger military and another thing to use it.
How Has the ‘Korean Wave’ Impacted Japan-South Korea Relations?
January 06, 2023

How Has the ‘Korean Wave’ Impacted Japan-South Korea Relations?

By Wang Linbin
The Korean Wave, or hallyu, has seen ups and downs in Japan, but could exert political influence over the long term.

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