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Japan’s Ruling Coalition Debates Future Defense Policies
October 24, 2022

Japan’s Ruling Coalition Debates Future Defense Policies

By Mina Pollmann
The LDP and its junior coalition party, Komeito, are at odds over issues like Japan's counterstrike capability and defense budget increases.
Without Abe, Japan’s Conservatives Are at a Crossroads
October 19, 2022

Without Abe, Japan’s Conservatives Are at a Crossroads

By Jio Kamata
Throughout his political career, former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo was at the center of Japanese conservative politics. With him gone, how will the conservative movement go forward?

Japan and Russia Lock Horns Over Diplomats, Sanctions, and Rockets
October 18, 2022

Japan and Russia Lock Horns Over Diplomats, Sanctions, and Rockets

By Thisanka Siripala
Relations between the two nations have reached their lowest point amid further unprecedented Japanese sanctions against Russia.

Japanese Prime Minister Orders Probe of Unification Church Problems
October 17, 2022

Japanese Prime Minister Orders Probe of Unification Church Problems

By Mari Yamaguchi
In an apparent move to calm continued public outrage, Kishida ordered an investigation into the Unification Church.

Japan Sees Rise in Fighter Scrambles Against Chinese Aircraft
October 14, 2022

Japan Sees Rise in Fighter Scrambles Against Chinese Aircraft

By Kosuke Takahashi
In the first half of 2022, Japan witnessed a 14 percent increase in scrambles triggered by foreign military aircraft approaches.
Japan and Taiwan, 50 Years Later
October 12, 2022

Japan and Taiwan, 50 Years Later

By KAWASHIMA Shin
It is 50 years since Japan and Taiwan broke off diplomatic relations.

Abe Shinzo’s Political Faction to Select a New Leader
October 08, 2022

Abe Shinzo’s Political Faction to Select a New Leader

By Mina Pollmann
The former prime minister still headed up the LDP's largest legislative faction at the time of his assassination. Can the next leader keep the group intact?
Taiwan and the ‘Origin’ of the Normalization of China-Japan Relations
October 07, 2022

Taiwan and the ‘Origin’ of the Normalization of China-Japan Relations

By KAWASHIMA Shin and KAWASHIMA Shin
Why the current issues in the relationship can be traced to the 1970s.

‘Condolence Diplomacy’ and Australia-Japan Relations
October 05, 2022

‘Condolence Diplomacy’ and Australia-Japan Relations

By Daisuke Akimoto
The Australia-Japan “special strategic partnership” was once again on display during former Prime Minister Abe’s funeral.

History Overshadows Japan-South Korea Rapprochement
September 29, 2022

History Overshadows Japan-South Korea Rapprochement

By Kosuke Takahashi
Why are Japan and South Korea, both U.S. allies and East Asian democracies, continuously at odds over everything from their territorial dispute to wartime labor compensation?

Abe’s Militaristic Funeral Captures Japan’s Internal Divisions
September 27, 2022

Abe’s Militaristic Funeral Captures Japan’s Internal Divisions

By Foster Klug
20,000 police officers and more than 1,000 soldiers were on patrol as thousands of protesters took to the streets.
The Mixed Legacy of Abe Shinzo’s ‘Panoramic’ Foreign Policy
September 27, 2022

The Mixed Legacy of Abe Shinzo’s ‘Panoramic’ Foreign Policy

By Rena Sasaki
Abe’s state funeral is a farewell for his all-encompassing diplomatic approach as Japan transitions toward a more values-based foreign policy.

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