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China’s Charm Offensive in Indonesia and the Implications for Japan
June 07, 2022

China’s Charm Offensive in Indonesia and the Implications for Japan

By Yamazaki Amane and Hanada Ryosuke
Beijing's wooing of Southeast Asia's largest nation counsels a renewed focus on maritime Southeast Asia from Tokyo.
Why Japan Is Getting Tough on Russia Now
June 03, 2022

Why Japan Is Getting Tough on Russia Now

By Tsuruoka Michito
Kishida’s response to the war in Ukraine has been surprisingly robust.

An Emerging Australia-Japan Hydrogen Supply Chain
June 02, 2022

An Emerging Australia-Japan Hydrogen Supply Chain

By Daisuke Akimoto
The outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine War reconfirmed Japan’s energy insecurity, but also highlighted the potential of Australia-Japan energy cooperation.

Is Japan Beginning to Overtake China on Infrastructure Financing in Kenya?
May 27, 2022

Is Japan Beginning to Overtake China on Infrastructure Financing in Kenya?

By Patrick Anam
A closer look at the trends and differences in Japanese vs. Chinese lending to Kenya.

Japan to Co-develop Future Fighter F-X With UK
May 18, 2022

Japan to Co-develop Future Fighter F-X With UK

By Kosuke Takahashi
Japan may choose BAE Systems, not Lockheed Martin, to support Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in developing next-generation fighter aircraft.
Okinawa Marks 50 Years of End to US Rule Amid Protests
May 17, 2022

Okinawa Marks 50 Years of End to US Rule Amid Protests

By Mari Yamaguchi
Fifty years after Okinawa was returned to Japan’s control, locals continue to decry the outsized burden the island group carries in the Japan-U.S. security alliance.

Japan’s Food Self-Sufficiency Debate Overlooks the Core Problem
May 13, 2022

Japan’s Food Self-Sufficiency Debate Overlooks the Core Problem

By Yusaku Yoshikawa
It will be difficult to boost agricultural production without addressing the dwindling workforce in the sector.
Japan’s Weak Yen Hampers Its Post-COVID Recovery
May 12, 2022

Japan’s Weak Yen Hampers Its Post-COVID Recovery

By Thisanka Siripala
The Japanese yen has tumbled to its lowest level, pinching household purses and clouding Japan’s economic outlook.

Japan’s Moment to Act on Forced Labor in Supply Chains
May 09, 2022

Japan’s Moment to Act on Forced Labor in Supply Chains

By Airin Ri and Anasuya Syam
Despite past commitments, Japan is the only G-7 member that has not imposed sanctions on Beijing for its state policy of forced labor.

Japan’s Foreign Minister to Attend South Korean President’s Inauguration
May 07, 2022

Japan’s Foreign Minister to Attend South Korean President’s Inauguration

By Mari Yamaguchi
The decision to send Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa to Seoul signals Japan’s willingness to improve dialogue with South Korea. President-elect Yoon has made similar overtures.

What the 2022 Diplomatic Blue Book Reveals About Japan’s Taiwan Policy
May 04, 2022

What the 2022 Diplomatic Blue Book Reveals About Japan’s Taiwan Policy

By Victor Lin
Japan’s concerns about stability in the Taiwan Strait have resulted in a new focus on the issue.
What’s Behind Japan’s Continued COVID-19 Border Restrictions?
May 02, 2022

What’s Behind Japan’s Continued COVID-19 Border Restrictions?

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan remains closed to international tourists and has not yet made plans to reopen despite a global trend to lift pandemic entry restrictions.

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