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Japan Backward in Coming Forward on U.S.-North Korea
May 06, 2021

Japan Backward in Coming Forward on U.S.-North Korea

By ISOZAKI Atsuhito
At a time of stalemate, the Suga administration seems unwilling to take the initiative.

Japan as an Agenda Setter for the Quad’s Vaccine Diplomacy
April 30, 2021

Japan as an Agenda Setter for the Quad’s Vaccine Diplomacy

By Maiko Ichihara and Atsushi Yamada
Japan has been pushing for Quad efforts to match its own vaccine diplomacy: more inclusive, less strategic.
Japan Has a Chance to Break the Ice With South Korea
April 29, 2021

Japan Has a Chance to Break the Ice With South Korea

By Darlene Onuorah
Recent developments coming out of Seoul have presented opportunities for Tokyo to explore means of cooperation.

Japan’s Ruling Party Loses 3 Key Elections in Bow to Suga
April 27, 2021

Japan’s Ruling Party Loses 3 Key Elections in Bow to Suga

By Mari Yamaguchi
With full elections due by this fall, the opposition's sweep of Sunday's by-elections is a warning sign for Prime Minister Suga and the LDP.

Can Japan’s ‘Invisible’ Diplomacy Help Solve the Myanmar Crisis?
April 22, 2021

Can Japan’s ‘Invisible’ Diplomacy Help Solve the Myanmar Crisis?

By Keiho Sasamori
Japan has been criticized for seeming inaction following the coup and ensuring crackdown. But there are hints Tokyo is taking action behind the scenes.

‘Joe-Yoshi’ Spirit Buoys Japan-US Alliance in Turbulent Seas
April 20, 2021

‘Joe-Yoshi’ Spirit Buoys Japan-US Alliance in Turbulent Seas

By Scott W. Harold
With both countries facing serious challenges at home, their leaders remained committed to building a personal rapport.

Why Matsuyama at the Masters Matters
April 20, 2021

Why Matsuyama at the Masters Matters

By Layne Vandenberg
The impact of Hideki Matsuyama’s victory at the 2021 Masters Golf Tournament could be diminished by barriers to entry and ongoing stereotypes about Asian athletes. 
The US and Japan Must Lead on Climate Cooperation
April 19, 2021

The US and Japan Must Lead on Climate Cooperation

By Mary M. McCarthy and Phillip Y. Lipscy
Both countries have been criticized as climate change laggards. The Biden and Suga administrations are looking to change that perception.

Japan Faces Growing Pressure to Rethink Releasing Fukushima’s Wastewater into Ocean
April 16, 2021

Japan Faces Growing Pressure to Rethink Releasing Fukushima’s Wastewater into Ocean

By Thisanka Siripala
China and South Korea have reacted strongly to the Japanese government’s decision to release contaminated water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear reactor.

The Biden-Suga Summit: What to Expect
April 13, 2021

The Biden-Suga Summit: What to Expect

By Joshua W. Walker
If both leaders play their cards right, ties between Tokyo and Washington could anchor a peaceful and rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific for years to come.

The Japan-US Alliance During the Biden Administration
April 09, 2021

The Japan-US Alliance During the Biden Administration

By KAWASHIMA Shin
One way of looking at the 2+2 meeting is that a selection of items for future consideration was put on the table. What becomes of these items going forward is now the critical question.
Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Operators Penalized for Sloppy Safeguards at Niigata
April 08, 2021

Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Operators Penalized for Sloppy Safeguards at Niigata

By Thisanka Siripala
A series of safety breaches compounds fears that TEPCO has failed to learn from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in its bid to restart a Niigata nuclear power plant.

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