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Japan Steps Up Its ‘Vaccine Diplomacy’ in Southeast Asia
June 17, 2021

Japan Steps Up Its ‘Vaccine Diplomacy’ in Southeast Asia

By Sebastian Strangio
A donation of 1 million jabs to Vietnam could be followed by shipments to Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand.

Japanese Corporations Get VIP COVID-19 Vaccine Treatment Ahead of Immunity Passports
June 16, 2021

Japanese Corporations Get VIP COVID-19 Vaccine Treatment Ahead of Immunity Passports

By Thisanka Siripala
Despite a lagging vaccination rollout, Japan has set its sights on issuing vaccine passports and ensuring corporations get priority jabs.
Japan’s COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign Is Quietly Picking Up Steam
June 11, 2021

Japan’s COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign Is Quietly Picking Up Steam

By Thisanka Siripala
Vaccinations for the elderly are in full swing, but the current pace means Japan won’t see a return to normal life until the end of the year.

No Cheers: Tokyo Olympic Village Considering Ban on Alcohol
June 10, 2021

No Cheers: Tokyo Olympic Village Considering Ban on Alcohol

By Stephen Wade
These are going to be the "no cheers" Olympics, with testing and vaccinations taking priority over fun and games.

Could Russia and Japan Finally Find Peace in the Pacific?
June 09, 2021

Could Russia and Japan Finally Find Peace in the Pacific?

By Gabriel Gavin
The Kuril Islands dispute has kept Japan and Russia from ever formally ending the hostilities between them during World War II.

Keeping Strategic Anxieties at Bay: Growing Japan-Vietnam Bonhomie
June 04, 2021

Keeping Strategic Anxieties at Bay: Growing Japan-Vietnam Bonhomie

By Rahul Mishra
Japan has made crucial moves in recent years, particularly in its relations with Vietnam, but without much hype.

Will the Tokyo Olympics Go Ahead?
June 03, 2021

Will the Tokyo Olympics Go Ahead?

By Thisanka Siripala
Public opinion has hardened against the Tokyo Olympics as Japan struggles to curb the latest outbreak of COVID-19 in time for the tournament.
Major Japan Newspaper Asahi Calls for Olympic Cancellation
May 27, 2021

Major Japan Newspaper Asahi Calls for Olympic Cancellation

By Stephen Wade and Kantaro Komiya
Japan’s second-largest newspaper by circulation called for the Olympics to be scrapped amid an ongoing COVID-19 surge.

On Myanmar, Japan Must Lead by Example
May 26, 2021

On Myanmar, Japan Must Lead by Example

By Yusuke Watanabe
“Japan must position itself as a bridge between the Tatmadaw and the United States and other democratic countries rather than blindly aligning itself with the Western policy of regime change.”

Japan Opens Mass Vaccine Centers 2 Months Before Olympics
May 25, 2021

Japan Opens Mass Vaccine Centers 2 Months Before Olympics

By Mari Yamaguchi
Japan is scrambling to speed up its vaccination campaign ahead of opening day for the Tokyo Olympics.

Prospects and Challenges for Japan-Taiwan Security Cooperation
May 21, 2021

Prospects and Challenges for Japan-Taiwan Security Cooperation

By Yuki Tatsumi
Tokyo has finally begun to openly recognize that the peace and security of the Taiwan Strait directly impacts that of Japan.
The Iron Ceiling and Japan’s Chrysanthemum Throne
May 14, 2021

The Iron Ceiling and Japan’s Chrysanthemum Throne

By Will Fee
For a "democracy without women," what does the imperial succession debate mean for gender parity in Japan?

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