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Japan-South Korea: The Limits of Outreach Without Trust
December 18, 2020

Japan-South Korea: The Limits of Outreach Without Trust

By Kimura Kan
Recent diplomatic activity on the Korean side will only go so far in rebuilding relations.
Masks Key to Keeping Japan’s COVID-19 Caseload Low
December 16, 2020

Masks Key to Keeping Japan’s COVID-19 Caseload Low

By Associated Press
Mask wearing and voluntary compliance with social distancing helped Japan avoid a full lockdown. But with cases climbing again, will Tokyo’s approach hold?

Tokyo Games Relay Opens in 100 Days With 10,000 Torchbearers
December 16, 2020

Tokyo Games Relay Opens in 100 Days With 10,000 Torchbearers

By Associated Press
Even after a year-long delay, there are questions about the safety of the massive relay effort – not to mention the Olympic Games themselves.

A Test of Japan–South Korea Relations
December 06, 2020

A Test of Japan–South Korea Relations

By Shin Kawashima
If the FOIP strategy is to succeed, the two countries have some work to do.

Japan’s COVID-19 Spike Raises Alarm for Elderly and At-Risk Groups 
December 05, 2020

Japan’s COVID-19 Spike Raises Alarm for Elderly and At-Risk Groups 

By Thisanka Siripala
The controversial “Go To” domestic tourism subsidy has come under the microscope for possibly facilitating the nation’s explosion of coronavirus cases.
Japan Spacecraft Approaches Earth to Drop Asteroid Samples
December 05, 2020

Japan Spacecraft Approaches Earth to Drop Asteroid Samples

By Associated Press
The Hayabusa2’s samples are due to arrive home on Sunday, after a year-long journey back from the asteroid Ryugu.

Japan’s ‘Misunderstanding’ About a Biden Administration
November 25, 2020

Japan’s ‘Misunderstanding’ About a Biden Administration

By Shin Kawashima
Japan retains some lingering perceptions of Democratic Party policies on China.
Ex-PM Abe’s Office Investigated Over Cherry Blossom Party Scandal
November 25, 2020

Ex-PM Abe’s Office Investigated Over Cherry Blossom Party Scandal

By Associated Press
A scandal from 2018 continues to dog the former Japanese prime minister.

A Missing Piece in Japan’s Cyber Defense
November 20, 2020

A Missing Piece in Japan’s Cyber Defense

By Eugenio Benincasa
The case for a government process handling “zero day” vulnerability disclosure in Japan.

Australia, Japan to Bolster Defense Ties Amid China’s Rise
November 18, 2020

Australia, Japan to Bolster Defense Ties Amid China’s Rise

By Associated Press
The two nations share dovetailing concerns about Beijing's growing assertiveness in the South and East China Seas.

How Will Japan Reach Its Landmark Zero-Carbon Goal?
November 17, 2020

How Will Japan Reach Its Landmark Zero-Carbon Goal?

By Thisanka Siripala
Decarbonization usually means boosting renewable energy, but Japan is also looking to push nuclear energy.
Assessing the Japan-UK Economic Partnership Agreement
November 17, 2020

Assessing the Japan-UK Economic Partnership Agreement

By Michito Tsuruoka
Trade and beyond

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