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Japan Hammered by Record-Breaking Torrential Rains and Deadly Floods
July 13, 2020

Japan Hammered by Record-Breaking Torrential Rains and Deadly Floods

By Thisanka Siripala
Once again, Japan's rainy season is taking a deadly turn this year.

Japan Promotes ‘Clean’ Coal in the Battle Against Climate Change
July 08, 2020

Japan Promotes ‘Clean’ Coal in the Battle Against Climate Change

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s coal consumption is on the rise even as Europe plans a shift away from coal power. 
55 Dead, a Dozen Missing in Japan Floods
July 08, 2020

55 Dead, a Dozen Missing in Japan Floods

By Associated Press
Flooding in Kyushu has forced about 3 million residents to evacuate.

Tokyo’s Coronavirus Spike Points Finger at Controversial Alert System
June 29, 2020

Tokyo’s Coronavirus Spike Points Finger at Controversial Alert System

By Thisanka Siripala
As infections surge, Tokyo’s alert system and the challenges of living with COVID-19 come under the spotlight.

Japan’s Pragmatic Approach to COVID-19 Testing
June 26, 2020

Japan’s Pragmatic Approach to COVID-19 Testing

By Haruka Sakamoto
At this point it is necessary to develop a stepwise approach from the end of the state of emergency to a final exit strategy.

Japanese Island Marks 75 Years Since Battle of Okinawa
June 24, 2020

Japanese Island Marks 75 Years Since Battle of Okinawa

By Associated Press
Japanese residents of Okinawa remembered the legacy of one of World War II’s deadliest battles.

Japan’s Conservatives Are Reveling in Their COVID-19 ‘Success’
June 23, 2020

Japan’s Conservatives Are Reveling in Their COVID-19 ‘Success’

By Yusaku Yoshikawa
Japan’s right wing is claiming “victory” in the pandemic, but no one seems to understand what, exactly, averted disaster.
Japanese Politics Rocked by Arrests Over Voter Bribery Scandal
June 22, 2020

Japanese Politics Rocked by Arrests Over Voter Bribery Scandal

By Thisanka Siripala
A mammoth voter buying scandal involving a former ruling LDP cabinet minister poses a challenge for the Abe administration.

Japan’s Campaign to Revive Virus-Hit Tourism Sector Postponed Amid Cost Controversy
June 16, 2020

Japan’s Campaign to Revive Virus-Hit Tourism Sector Postponed Amid Cost Controversy

By Thisanka Siripala
A newly devised tourism recovery campaign gets bogged down in a debate over transparency and inflated costs.

Is the Japanese Public on Board With the ‘New Era’ of China-Japan Relations?
June 10, 2020

Is the Japanese Public on Board With the ‘New Era’ of China-Japan Relations?

By Kazuki Nakamura
Japanese citizens will be the key to determining the success of the Sino-Japanese reset.

Japan Holds Anti-Racism Rally, Protesting Homegrown Police Brutality in Solidarity With Black Lives Matter
June 08, 2020

Japan Holds Anti-Racism Rally, Protesting Homegrown Police Brutality in Solidarity With Black Lives Matter

By Thisanka Siripala
Excessive force and unjust questioning against minorities are some of the issues raised by protesters in Tokyo.
Japan’s Challenges Balancing National Security and Economics
June 04, 2020

Japan’s Challenges Balancing National Security and Economics

By Michio Ueda
National security and economic interests are perhaps more tightly bound together than ever before.

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