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What Did Japan’s Kishida Do at the UN General Assembly?
September 26, 2022

What Did Japan’s Kishida Do at the UN General Assembly?

By Mina Pollmann
Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio had a packed schedule on the sidelines on the U.N. General Assembly.

The Paradox of China-Japan Relations
September 22, 2022

The Paradox of China-Japan Relations

By Jio Kamata
“Hot economics, cold politics” continues to underscore the China-Japan relationship. Even as political relations fray, economic ties have never been stronger.
How Will Tokyo’s Solar Panel Mandate Handle Allegations of Forced Labor in China?
September 19, 2022

How Will Tokyo’s Solar Panel Mandate Handle Allegations of Forced Labor in China?

By Daisuke Akimoto
Tokyo’s metropolitan government is requiring new construction to use solar panels, but the industry’s reliance on parts from Xinjiang poses a thorny moral dilemma.

Japan, US Discuss Longer Range Missiles to Counter China
September 16, 2022

Japan, US Discuss Longer Range Missiles to Counter China

By Thisanka Siripala
At a defense ministers’ meeting, Japan gets U.S. support to bolster its defenses with “counter strike capabilities.”

Japan and the Controversial Unification Church
September 15, 2022

Japan and the Controversial Unification Church

By Thisanka Siripala
In a post-Abe era, Japanese politics has been rocked by the Unification Church’s links to LDP lawmakers.

Japan Set to Welcome Unrestricted Tourism by October
September 14, 2022

Japan Set to Welcome Unrestricted Tourism by October

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s struggling tourism sector sees a light at the end of the tunnel as “self-guided” tours make way for full travel.

Okinawa Reelects Governor Opposing Heavy US Troop Presence
September 12, 2022

Okinawa Reelects Governor Opposing Heavy US Troop Presence

By Mari Yamaguchi
Resentment and frustration run deep in Okinawa because of the heavy U.S. presence and Tokyo's lack of efforts to negotiate with Washington.
Half of LDP National Lawmakers Tied to Unification Church
September 09, 2022

Half of LDP National Lawmakers Tied to Unification Church

By Mari Yamaguchi
An internal survey by Japan’s ruling party confirmed widespread ties between the Liberal Democratic Party and the South Korea-based church.

NPT Conference Collapse, Military Drills Further Strain Japan-Russia Relations
September 07, 2022

NPT Conference Collapse, Military Drills Further Strain Japan-Russia Relations

By Mina Pollmann
Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine has seriously damaged Russia-Japan relations, and the fallout continues to be felt.

Tokyo Olympics Sponsorship Scandal Widens With More Arrests
September 06, 2022

Tokyo Olympics Sponsorship Scandal Widens With More Arrests

By Yuri Kageyama
The latest allegations center on 76 million yen a former Tokyo Olympics organizing committee member received from Tokyo-based publishing company Kadokawa.

TICAD 2022: Japan’s Deepening Partnerships in Africa
August 30, 2022

TICAD 2022: Japan’s Deepening Partnerships in Africa

By Brittany Morreale and Purnendra Jain
The international context has changed markedly since the last TICAD in 2019. How is Japan approaching African countries today?
Abe Murder Suspect Says Mother’s Involvement in Unification Church Destroyed His Life
August 27, 2022

Abe Murder Suspect Says Mother’s Involvement in Unification Church Destroyed His Life

By Mari Yamaguchi
The claimed motive for the crime – poverty and neglect – has sparked a surprising amount of sympathy among Japanese for the alleged assassin.

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