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Prospects and Challenges for Japan-Taiwan Security Cooperation
May 21, 2021

Prospects and Challenges for Japan-Taiwan Security Cooperation

By Yuki Tatsumi
Tokyo has finally begun to openly recognize that the peace and security of the Taiwan Strait directly impacts that of Japan.
The Iron Ceiling and Japan’s Chrysanthemum Throne
May 14, 2021

The Iron Ceiling and Japan’s Chrysanthemum Throne

By Will Fee
For a "democracy without women," what does the imperial succession debate mean for gender parity in Japan?

Japan’s Ambivalent Diplomacy in Myanmar
May 13, 2021

Japan’s Ambivalent Diplomacy in Myanmar

By Daisuke Akimoto
Given its political and economic influence over the Myanmar military, the Japanese government can do more to help the international community pursue non-military R2P options.

Why Is Japan Hesitant to Improve Relations with South Korea?
May 13, 2021

Why Is Japan Hesitant to Improve Relations with South Korea?

By KAWASHIMA Shin
Politics and history continue to weigh heavily on the bilateral relationship.

Japan Set to Accelerate COVID-19 Vaccine Program For Elderly
May 13, 2021

Japan Set to Accelerate COVID-19 Vaccine Program For Elderly

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan will step up efforts to complete the vaccination of its elderly population by the end of July.
Japan Extends COVID-19 State of Emergency Amid Alarming Spike in COVID-19 Variants
May 09, 2021

Japan Extends COVID-19 State of Emergency Amid Alarming Spike in COVID-19 Variants

By Thisanka Siripala
Tokyo and Osaka face a prolonged, stricter state of emergency after an explosion of faster spreading COVID-19 variants.

Japan Backward in Coming Forward on US-North Korea
May 06, 2021

Japan Backward in Coming Forward on US-North Korea

By ISOZAKI Atsuhito
At a time of stalemate, the Suga administration seems unwilling to take the initiative.
Japan as an Agenda Setter for the Quad’s Vaccine Diplomacy
April 30, 2021

Japan as an Agenda Setter for the Quad’s Vaccine Diplomacy

By Maiko Ichihara and Atsushi Yamada
Japan has been pushing for Quad efforts to match its own vaccine diplomacy: more inclusive, less strategic.

Japan Has a Chance to Break the Ice With South Korea
April 29, 2021

Japan Has a Chance to Break the Ice With South Korea

By Darlene Onuorah
Recent developments coming out of Seoul have presented opportunities for Tokyo to explore means of cooperation.

Japan’s Ruling Party Loses 3 Key Elections in Bow to Suga
April 27, 2021

Japan’s Ruling Party Loses 3 Key Elections in Bow to Suga

By Mari Yamaguchi
With full elections due by this fall, the opposition's sweep of Sunday's by-elections is a warning sign for Prime Minister Suga and the LDP.

Can Japan’s ‘Invisible’ Diplomacy Help Solve the Myanmar Crisis?
April 22, 2021

Can Japan’s ‘Invisible’ Diplomacy Help Solve the Myanmar Crisis?

By Keiho Sasamori
Japan has been criticized for seeming inaction following the coup and ensuring crackdown. But there are hints Tokyo is taking action behind the scenes.
‘Joe-Yoshi’ Spirit Buoys Japan-US Alliance in Turbulent Seas
April 20, 2021

‘Joe-Yoshi’ Spirit Buoys Japan-US Alliance in Turbulent Seas

By Scott W. Harold
With both countries facing serious challenges at home, their leaders remained committed to building a personal rapport.

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