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How Did the Abe Cabinet Attempt to Mitigate the Economic Pain From Its Tax Hike?
February 19, 2020

How Did the Abe Cabinet Attempt to Mitigate the Economic Pain From Its Tax Hike?

By Daisuke Akimoto
Japan’s GDP fell by 6.3 percent after the sales tax hike. The Abe government must have seen that coming.

Coronavirus, Middle East Top Japan’s Agenda in Munich
February 18, 2020

Coronavirus, Middle East Top Japan’s Agenda in Munich

By Mina Pollmann
Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi held a flurry of meetings on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.
Japan Reports 1st Death from Virus, 44 More Cases on Ship
February 14, 2020

Japan Reports 1st Death from Virus, 44 More Cases on Ship

By Associated Press
None of Japan’s newly reported cases have a history of recent travel to China, raising concerns.

Will Japan’s Economy Buckle Under the Coronavirus Outbreak?
February 13, 2020

Will Japan’s Economy Buckle Under the Coronavirus Outbreak?

By Thisanka Siripala
Japanese companies are bracing for a slowdown in supply chains and sales.

Power and Money in Japanese Politics
February 13, 2020

Power and Money in Japanese Politics

By Daisuke Akimoto
What the annual income and terms of office for Japanese lawmakers tell us about bribery and corruption in the Diet.

Coronavirus: Japan Sends Final Evacuation Flight
February 12, 2020

Coronavirus: Japan Sends Final Evacuation Flight

By Mina Pollmann
Japan is sending its final evacuation flight to Hubei as it continues to try to stem the spread of the virus.

Can Japan Kickstart Paternity Leave Among Workaholic Fathers?
February 11, 2020

Can Japan Kickstart Paternity Leave Among Workaholic Fathers?

By Thisanka Siripala
Public support is growing to make parental leave compulsory for fathers. But will that encourage a more equal sharing of the childcare burden?
Tokyo’s Homeless Pressured to Disappear Ahead of Olympics
February 07, 2020

Tokyo’s Homeless Pressured to Disappear Ahead of Olympics

By Thisanka Siripala
With six months until the Olympics, authorities are being accused of sweeping homelessness and domestic poverty under the rug.

Japan Eyes Free Trade Deal With Post-Brexit Britain
February 05, 2020

Japan Eyes Free Trade Deal With Post-Brexit Britain

By Mina Pollmann
With the UK officially withdrawn from the EU, both London and Tokyo are eager to sign a bilateral trade deal.

Where No Alliance Has Gone Before: US-Japan Military Cooperation in Space
February 04, 2020

Where No Alliance Has Gone Before: US-Japan Military Cooperation in Space

By John Wright
The U.S. and Japan could be the first military alliance to operate in space.

Could Japan Call off the Tokyo Olympics Following the Coronavirus Outbreak?
February 01, 2020

Could Japan Call off the Tokyo Olympics Following the Coronavirus Outbreak?

By Thisanka Siripala
As China struggles to contain the coronavirus, there are looming fears the virus could threaten the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Japan.
Japan Begins Evacuating Citizens From Outbreak-Hit Wuhan
January 30, 2020

Japan Begins Evacuating Citizens From Outbreak-Hit Wuhan

By Mina Pollmann
Japan's government used a charter flight to bring home some of the Japanese citizens caught up in the quarantine zone in China.

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