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The Toxic Influence of Japan’s Rural Political Interest Groups
January 05, 2019
The Toxic Influence of Japan’s Rural Political Interest Groups
It’s time to reduce the political influence of Japan’s dwindling rural, primary sector interests.
The Toxic Influence of Japan’s Rural Political Interest Groups
Japan’s Emperor Makes His Final New Year’s Appearance
January 03, 2019
Japan’s Emperor Makes His Final New Year’s Appearance
Emperor Akihito, who will soon be abdicating the throne, gave his final New Year’s address before 150,000 admirers.
Japan’s Emperor Makes His Final New Year’s Appearance
Japan Ranks Worst Among G7 on Gender Gap Index
December 31, 2018
Japan Ranks Worst Among G7 on Gender Gap Index
Japan made small improvements in the World Economic Forum’s gender equality ranking but remains alarmingly behind.
Japan Ranks Worst Among G7 on Gender Gap Index
Japan’s Defense Budget Swells to Counter China’s Growing Military Threat
December 26, 2018
Japan’s Defense Budget Swells to Counter China’s Growing Military Threat
The Abe administration has given its national defense policy a new makeover sparking controversy over efforts to rush militarization.
Japan’s Defense Budget Swells to Counter China’s Growing Military Threat
Japan Wants Human Rights Back on the North Korea Agenda
December 22, 2018
Japan Wants Human Rights Back on the North Korea Agenda
A government-organized symposium focused on human rights, including the abductee issue, rather than nuclear weapons.
Japan Wants Human Rights Back on the North Korea Agenda
Japan’s Not Hedging… Yet
December 21, 2018
Japan’s Not Hedging… Yet
The country remains committed to the U.S.-led order, but finds itself in uncharted territory.
Japan’s Not Hedging… Yet
Japan Again Urges South Korea to Overrule Court's Forced Labor Decision
December 20, 2018
Japan Again Urges South Korea to Overrule Court's Forced Labor Decision
Foreign Minister Taro Kono warned that the ruling could damage “the legal foundation of our relationship.”
Japan Again Urges South Korea to Overrule Court's Forced Labor Decision
Japan Looks to India’s Growing Tech Talent Pool
December 17, 2018
Japan Looks to India’s Growing Tech Talent Pool
With competition to recruit IT engineers intensifying, Japan is extending its talent search to emerging economies like India.
Japan Looks to India’s Growing Tech Talent Pool
How Shinzo Abe Is Changing Japan’s Foreign Policy Apparatus
December 13, 2018
How Shinzo Abe Is Changing Japan’s Foreign Policy Apparatus
The Abe administration is seizing the foreign policy initiative from Japan’s bureaucracy.
How Shinzo Abe Is Changing Japan’s Foreign Policy Apparatus
Japan’s Crackdown On Drunk Pilots Uncovers Rampant Alcohol-Related Misconduct
December 12, 2018
Japan’s Crackdown On Drunk Pilots Uncovers Rampant Alcohol-Related Misconduct
A series of highly publicized pilot drinking scandals sparked a government review of lax internal alcohol testing.
Japan’s Crackdown On Drunk Pilots Uncovers Rampant Alcohol-Related Misconduct
After a Busy G20 for Abe, Japan Prepares to Host in 2019
December 08, 2018
After a Busy G20 for Abe, Japan Prepares to Host in 2019
Japan's prime minister had a full slate of meetings at the summit, but also found time to outline Japan's focus as next year's host.
After a Busy G20 for Abe, Japan Prepares to Host in 2019
Taiwan Votes to Maintain Import Ban on Fukushima Food Imports
December 03, 2018
Taiwan Votes to Maintain Import Ban on Fukushima Food Imports
While Fukushima suffered a blow, trade ties between Japan and Taiwan avoided any major impact.
Taiwan Votes to Maintain Import Ban on Fukushima Food Imports
Is Japan About to Officially Upgrade to Aircraft Carriers?
December 01, 2018
Is Japan About to Officially Upgrade to Aircraft Carriers?
A reported plan to modify the Izumo-class will face obstacles at home and abroad.
Is Japan About to Officially Upgrade to Aircraft Carriers?
Making Sense of Japan’s New Immigration Policy
November 30, 2018
Making Sense of Japan’s New Immigration Policy
A controversial new regulation will allow more foreign workers into Japan. But can Japan take care of them once they arrive?
Making Sense of Japan’s New Immigration Policy
Japan's Subtle China Strategy on Display
November 24, 2018
Japan's Subtle China Strategy on Display
At the latest round of ASEAN summitry, Abe emphasized rapprochement with China even while raising criticisms.
Japan's Subtle China Strategy on Display
Fall From Grace: Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn Faces Financial Misconduct Charges in Japan
November 23, 2018
Fall From Grace: Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn Faces Financial Misconduct Charges in Japan
The CEO superstar responsible for turning Nissan’s fortunes around was arrested for under-reporting income.
Fall From Grace: Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn Faces Financial Misconduct Charges in Japan
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