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A New Era for UK-Japan Relations?
March 09, 2021

A New Era for UK-Japan Relations?

By Niall M. Gray
British leaders appear to view an upgraded relationship with Tokyo as an essential part of the U.K.’s new Asia-Pacific strategy.

New Tokyo Olympic President Tries to Assure Japan on Safety, Even as PM Extends State of Emergency
March 06, 2021

New Tokyo Olympic President Tries to Assure Japan on Safety, Even as PM Extends State of Emergency

By Associated Press
With polling showing strong opposition to holding the Games this summer and COVID-19 cases holding strong, Hashimoto Seiko has an uphill battle to win public support.
Fukushima Chief: No Need to Extend Decommissioning Target
March 04, 2021

Fukushima Chief: No Need to Extend Decommissioning Target

By Associated Press
Despite recent setbacks, the head of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says the goal to fully decommission in 30-40 years is on track.

Japan’s Prime Minister Hit With Nepotism Scandal
March 01, 2021

Japan’s Prime Minister Hit With Nepotism Scandal

By Thisanka Siripala
Suga’s honeymoon period is over following a lavish dining scandal involving elite LDP bureaucrats and Suga’s eldest son. 

It’s Time to Enact Japan’s Magnitsky Act
February 27, 2021

It’s Time to Enact Japan’s Magnitsky Act

By Daisuke Akimoto
Such legislation would boost Japan's credentials as a defender of human rights and practitioner of values-based diplomacy.

Japan’s Vaccine Strategy
February 26, 2021

Japan’s Vaccine Strategy

By Kazuto Suzuki
A look at Japan’s thinking on COVID-19 vaccines

Japan’s Pragmatic Diplomacy Straining Under Myanmar Crisis
February 26, 2021

Japan’s Pragmatic Diplomacy Straining Under Myanmar Crisis

By Sebastian Strangio
In the wake of the February 1 coup, Tokyo's strategy of pragmatic engagement has come under increasing pressure.
Japan’s Struggle for a Home-Grown COVID-19 Vaccine
February 24, 2021

Japan’s Struggle for a Home-Grown COVID-19 Vaccine

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan's lagging vaccine roll-out draws attention to the barriers in commercializing domestic vaccine production.

The Challenges and Opportunities of Japan-Russia Economic Relations
February 20, 2021

The Challenges and Opportunities of Japan-Russia Economic Relations

By Zhuoran Li
On paper, Japan and Russia have complementary economies. In reality, trade and investment ties have been hard to forge.

Hashimoto Seiko Takes Over as Tokyo Olympic President
February 18, 2021

Hashimoto Seiko Takes Over as Tokyo Olympic President

By Associated Press
Following the blowback from the previous president’s sexist comments, the male-dominated Organizing Committee tapped a woman to lead.

Tokyo Olympic Chief Mori Resigned, But His Sexist Remarks Still Rankle
February 16, 2021

Tokyo Olympic Chief Mori Resigned, But His Sexist Remarks Still Rankle

By Thisanka Siripala
For many, Mori’s derogatory remarks toward women were the final straw in growing distrust behind the delayed Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
Tokyo Olympics: Mori to Leave but Gender Issue Remains
February 12, 2021

Tokyo Olympics: Mori to Leave but Gender Issue Remains

By Associated Press
Despite the Olympic chief's resignation, Japan continues to be a country run "by a club of old men."

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