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The Heisei Paradox: Emperor Akihito and Japan’s Nationalist Regression
May 17, 2019
The Heisei Paradox: Emperor Akihito and Japan’s Nationalist Regression
The paradox of a pacifist emperor amid rising nationalism politically is likely to continue in the Reiwa era.
The Heisei Paradox: Emperor Akihito and Japan’s Nationalist Regression
Japan’s Once Powerful Criminal Underworld Hits Record Low Membership
May 16, 2019
Japan’s Once Powerful Criminal Underworld Hits Record Low Membership
Hit hard by police crackdowns and aging, the number of people leaving Japan’s yakuza has reached a 15-year high.
Japan’s Once Powerful Criminal Underworld Hits Record Low Membership
Living History: Ushering in the New Imperial Era in Japan
May 14, 2019
Living History: Ushering in the New Imperial Era in Japan
The view from the crowd that gathered in early May to celebrate the rise of a new emperor.
Living History: Ushering in the New Imperial Era in Japan
Japan Pushes for Its Own North Korea Summit
May 14, 2019
Japan Pushes for Its Own North Korea Summit
Shinzo Abe now says he would meet with Kim Jong Un without any preconditions – a change from Tokyo’s previous position.
Japan Pushes for Its Own North Korea Summit
Legacy Comes First in Abe’s Foreign Policy
May 10, 2019
Legacy Comes First in Abe’s Foreign Policy
Abe’s hasty pursuit of a legacy makes Japanese foreign policy look unprincipled and weak.
Legacy Comes First in Abe’s Foreign Policy
The Rise of Japan’s New Emperor Sparks Debate on Male-Only Succession
May 08, 2019
The Rise of Japan’s New Emperor Sparks Debate on Male-Only Succession
As Japan celebrates a new Emperor and imperial era, the male-only succession rule underscores the monarchy’s struggle to survive.
The Rise of Japan’s New Emperor Sparks Debate on Male-Only Succession
Japan’s Secretive Death Penalty Poised to Take a Back Seat During Olympic Spotlight
May 06, 2019
Japan’s Secretive Death Penalty Poised to Take a Back Seat During Olympic Spotlight
With a new imperial year and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, death row inmates are likely to be spared in the coming two years.
Japan’s Secretive Death Penalty Poised to Take a Back Seat During Olympic Spotlight
The Hanoi Summit and Japan-South Korea Relations
May 06, 2019
The Hanoi Summit and Japan-South Korea Relations
If it is to succeed, the denuclearization project will require some serious diplomacy.
The Hanoi Summit and Japan-South Korea Relations
Will Japan’s Reign Change Mean a Peaceful End to Small Scale Rice Farming?
May 03, 2019
Will Japan’s Reign Change Mean a Peaceful End to Small Scale Rice Farming?
Rice agriculture has seen a massive decline during the Heisei era, what changes will the new Reiwa era bring?
Will Japan’s Reign Change Mean a Peaceful End to Small Scale Rice Farming?
Japan’s Diplomatic Policy Outline Reveals Shifts on North Korea, Russia
May 02, 2019
Japan’s Diplomatic Policy Outline Reveals Shifts on North Korea, Russia
Tokyo appears to be giving itself more room to negotiate on longstanding issues.
Japan’s Diplomatic Policy Outline Reveals Shifts on North Korea, Russia
The End of an Era: Japan’s Emperor Finalizes Abdication
May 01, 2019
The End of an Era: Japan’s Emperor Finalizes Abdication
As of midnight on April 30, Emperor Akihito has been replaced by Crown Prince Naruhito.
The End of an Era: Japan’s Emperor Finalizes Abdication
Japan, US Beef up Their Cyber Alliance
April 26, 2019
Japan, US Beef up Their Cyber Alliance
Cybersecurity was a major focus of the recent “two-plus-two” meeting in Washington.
Japan, US Beef up Their Cyber Alliance
Protesters in Japan Rally After Accused Rapist Found Innocent by Criminal Court
April 25, 2019
Protesters in Japan Rally After Accused Rapist Found Innocent by Criminal Court
Protesters blame Japan’s penal code after a court acquits a father of raping his daughter based on the victim’s lack of physical resistance.
Protesters in Japan Rally After Accused Rapist Found Innocent by Criminal Court
France and Japan’s Growing Convergence
April 24, 2019
France and Japan’s Growing Convergence
Shinzo Abe’s recent visit to France highlighted areas of cooperation in a growing relationship.
France and Japan’s Growing Convergence
US-Japan Trade Agreement Negotiations: Why Now?
April 20, 2019
US-Japan Trade Agreement Negotiations: Why Now?
Japan is ready to give Trump a signature economic win. Here's why.
US-Japan Trade Agreement Negotiations: Why Now?
Is Japan Anti-China?
April 18, 2019
Is Japan Anti-China?
The Complexity of Japan-China Relations
Is Japan Anti-China?
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