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Japan’s Challenge in the Age of China-US Rivalry
August 02, 2021

Japan’s Challenge in the Age of China-US Rivalry

By Michio Ueda
Tokyo must find a way to synthesize national security and economic strategy amid increased competition between Beijing and Washington.

Tokyo Sets Another COVID Record Days After Olympics Begin
July 29, 2021

Tokyo Sets Another COVID Record Days After Olympics Begin

By Mari Yamaguchi
Even as the Games continue, health experts urged Japanese to adopt a “sense of crisis” toward the current outbreak.
Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony: The Attendees and the No-Shows
July 23, 2021

Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony: The Attendees and the No-Shows

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s spectatorless Opening Ceremony welcomes world leaders and sponsors amid a COVID-19 state of emergency.

Japanese Envoy Says Tokyo ‘Struggles Every Day’ With China
July 21, 2021

Japanese Envoy Says Tokyo ‘Struggles Every Day’ With China

By Rod McGuirk
The envoy sought to dispel the perception that Japan "is doing far better than Australia" in handling relations with China.

Is Japan’s Olympic Bubble About to Burst?
July 20, 2021

Is Japan’s Olympic Bubble About to Burst?

By Thisanka Siripala
Gaping holes in the Tokyo Olympics bubble could derail the safety of athletes in the village and entire competitions. 

Will Japan’s Rapid COVID-19 Rebound Set Back the Tokyo Olympics?
July 19, 2021

Will Japan’s Rapid COVID-19 Rebound Set Back the Tokyo Olympics?

By Thisanka Siripala
The COVID-19 outlook for Tokyo ahead of the Olympics looks bleak, with the infection rate expected to rise.

Japan’s Same Surname Law for Married Couples Is in the Hands of the Diet
July 08, 2021

Japan’s Same Surname Law for Married Couples Is in the Hands of the Diet

By Thisanka Siripala
Efforts to annul outdated marriage provisions through the courts have failed. Can the legislature overcome the deeply entrenched political gap hindering reform?
Tokyo Local Elections Are a Wake-up Call for Japan’s Ruling Party
July 07, 2021

Tokyo Local Elections Are a Wake-up Call for Japan’s Ruling Party

By Yuki Tatsumi
Japan’s ruling coalition failed to win a majority in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election. Is this the beginning of a leadership vacuum in Japan?

A Brief History of UFOs in Japan
July 03, 2021

A Brief History of UFOs in Japan

By Daisuke Akimoto
As in the United States, the question of UFOs is gaining more attention, particularly as it relates to Japanese security.

The Political Implications of Japan’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout
July 01, 2021

The Political Implications of Japan’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

By Naoko Aoki
The success of Japan’s vaccination campaign could determine whether Prime Minister Suga stays in office beyond this fall.

What the Imperial House Tells Us About Japan’s Demographic Crisis
June 30, 2021

What the Imperial House Tells Us About Japan’s Demographic Crisis

By Will Fee
Aging, shrinking, its top position reserved exclusively for men – Japan's monarchy is a neat microcosm of society as a whole.
Japan’s Youth Lack Interest in Studying Abroad. That’s a Problem for Japanese Businesses.
June 25, 2021

Japan’s Youth Lack Interest in Studying Abroad. That’s a Problem for Japanese Businesses.

By Xiaochen Su
Japanese firms are hampered in their global ambitions by the Japanese youth’s lack of a global mentality.

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