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Foreign Bribery Scandal Muddies Japan’s Casino Legalization Gamble
January 10, 2020

Foreign Bribery Scandal Muddies Japan’s Casino Legalization Gamble

By Mina Pollmann
Six Japanese politicians are under fire for taking bribes from a Chinese company interested in opening a casino in Japan.
Fugitive Ghosn Brings Global Attention to Japanese Justice 
January 09, 2020

Fugitive Ghosn Brings Global Attention to Japanese Justice 

By Associated Press
Japan's conviction rate is higher than 99 percent, a number that critics, including Ghosn, say indicates unfairness.

Japan on the Offensive Following Ghosn’s Escape to Lebanon
January 09, 2020

Japan on the Offensive Following Ghosn’s Escape to Lebanon

By Thisanka Siripala
As more details emerge of Ghosn’s daring flight to Lebanon to avoid trial, police are ramping up investigations around those close to the former Nissan chief.

Foreign Minister’s First ASEAN Voyage Spotlights Japan-Southeast Asia Relations in the Indo-Pacific
January 07, 2020

Foreign Minister’s First ASEAN Voyage Spotlights Japan-Southeast Asia Relations in the Indo-Pacific

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The engagement will highlight Tokyo’s approach to the subregion within its broader foreign policy approach.

New Year, Same Fight: Japan’s PM Pledges Constitutional Revision and Social Security Reforms
January 07, 2020

New Year, Same Fight: Japan’s PM Pledges Constitutional Revision and Social Security Reforms

By Thisanka Siripala
In response to Japan’s super aging society, Prime Minister Abe vows to tackle Japan's biggest challenge: major social security reform.
By Jumping Bail, Fugitive Ghosn Burns Bridges to Japan
January 03, 2020

By Jumping Bail, Fugitive Ghosn Burns Bridges to Japan

By Associated Press
The former Nissan CEO’s escape from house arrest in Japan to Lebanon shocked the world and embarrassed Japanese authorities.

India in Japan’s Strategic Thinking: Charting Convergences in the Indo-Pacific
January 03, 2020

India in Japan’s Strategic Thinking: Charting Convergences in the Indo-Pacific

By Titli Basu
Over the past decade, India has grown increasingly prominent in Japan's regional strategy.
New Year, New Scandals for Japan’s Ruling Party
December 31, 2019

New Year, New Scandals for Japan’s Ruling Party

By Mina Pollmann
Once again, Abe and his LDP are beset by multiple scandals. And once again, it doesn't seem to be impacting their political dominance.

Japan Executes First Foreigner in 10 Years for Family Murder
December 26, 2019

Japan Executes First Foreigner in 10 Years for Family Murder

By Associated Press
Japan and the U.S. are the only two of the G7 countries that continue to use capital punishment.

Japan at Odds With Iran’s Plea for Stronger Economic and Political Alliance
December 24, 2019

Japan at Odds With Iran’s Plea for Stronger Economic and Political Alliance

By Thisanka Siripala
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is caught between feuding Iran and the United States.

Okinawa and Japanese Government Locked In Hostile Battle Over US Base Relocation
December 21, 2019

Okinawa and Japanese Government Locked In Hostile Battle Over US Base Relocation

By Thisanka Siripala
The prolonged showdown intensified as the contentious landfill construction hit a design plan snag.
Has Japan Become the Kingmaker for Trade Deals in the Indo-Pacific?
December 18, 2019

Has Japan Become the Kingmaker for Trade Deals in the Indo-Pacific?

By Jeffrey Wilson
The future of RCEP depends on how the Japanese government will approach India’s withdrawal.

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