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Japan’s Changing Immigration and Refugee Policy
March 12, 2021

Japan’s Changing Immigration and Refugee Policy

By Daisuke Akimoto
Tokyo has long been criticized for restrictive immigration policy. Can it change?
Remembering the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Tragedy a Decade Later
March 12, 2021

Remembering the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Tragedy a Decade Later

By Thisanka Siripala
Survivor Ueno Shigeki reflects on the unimaginable 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which decimated his coastal hometown of Kesennuma.

US–China Talks and the Chinese Reaction
March 11, 2021

US–China Talks and the Chinese Reaction

By KAWASHIMA Shin
The two sides had very different takes on what was said.

Why Japan Might Not Abandon Nuclear Power
March 11, 2021

Why Japan Might Not Abandon Nuclear Power

By Maxime Polleri
10 years after Fukushima, nuclear power is still considered a key factor in issues surrounding energy security, global warming, technological expertise, and international security.

Japan’s Road to Renewables Post-Fukushima
March 11, 2021

Japan’s Road to Renewables Post-Fukushima

By Titli Basu
The nuclear accident also marked a defining moment in Japan’s energy debate.
Japan’s Myanmar Missteps Are Damaging Its Image
March 10, 2021

Japan’s Myanmar Missteps Are Damaging Its Image

By Keiho Sasamori
Myanmar’s people had high hopes for the Japanese government’s response to the coup. They are rapidly losing faith.

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

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