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Japan’s Aging Population Will Increase Disaster Vulnerability

Japan’s Aging Population Will Increase Disaster Vulnerability

By Maxime Polleri
As the Noto earthquake showed, the elderly are among the most impacted by natural disasters. 
How Earthquakes Shake Japan’s Political Landscape 

How Earthquakes Shake Japan’s Political Landscape 

By Makoto Takahashi
The earthquake that struck Japan on New Year’s Day caused a grave tragedy but a political crisis, like that seen in 2011, seems to have been dodged.

US Forces Japan Join JSDF Earthquake Relief Efforts

US Forces Japan Join JSDF Earthquake Relief Efforts

By Takahashi Kosuke
This is the first time that the U.S. military will provide assistance to an earthquake-affected area in Japan since 2016.

Japan Offers Ukraine Condolences and Cooperation for Reconstruction

Japan Offers Ukraine Condolences and Cooperation for Reconstruction

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan pledges “unwavering” support to Ukraine amid aid fatigue in the West.

Why Japan Needs Its Own Version of FEMA

Why Japan Needs Its Own Version of FEMA

By Takahashi Kosuke
A series of tragedies thus far in 2024 shows why it’s high time to establish a specialized agency for disaster management. 
Japan’s New Years Day Celebrations Cut Short by Deadly Earthquake 

Japan’s New Years Day Celebrations Cut Short by Deadly Earthquake 

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan enters 2024 rocked by a powerful earthquake and a deadly airplane collision.

Japan Eases Rules on Lethal Weapon Exports

Japan Eases Rules on Lethal Weapon Exports

By Takahashi Kosuke
Tokyo will face three major challenges to implement the policy change.
Japan Approves 16.5% Increase in Defense Spending for FY2024

Japan Approves 16.5% Increase in Defense Spending for FY2024

By Takahashi Kosuke
For the tenth year in a row, the budget draft set a new record for national defense spending as Japan continues to pursue its Defense Buildup Program.

As Scandal Engulfs the LDP, the Kishida Administration Goes on

As Scandal Engulfs the LDP, the Kishida Administration Goes on

By Jio Kamata
Despite a growing scandal and bottom-dwelling approval ratings, Prime Minister Kishida faces a window of stability.

The Engaging Outsider: Can Ishiba Shigeru’s Iconoclastic Policies Gain Traction?

The Engaging Outsider: Can Ishiba Shigeru’s Iconoclastic Policies Gain Traction?

By Kenji Yoshida and Jason Morgan
The longtime LDP leader has never won the top office, in part because of the pragmatic approach that makes him popular with the public.

Moving Beyond ‘Checkbook Diplomacy’? Japan’s Changing Refugee Policy

Moving Beyond ‘Checkbook Diplomacy’? Japan’s Changing Refugee Policy

By Maximilien Xavier Rehm
In its response to recent events in Afghanistan, Myanmar, and Ukraine, Japan has demonstrated greater flexibility in admitting those needing refuge.
Kishida Replaces 4 Cabinet Members as Japan’s Political Fundraising Scandal Deepens 

Kishida Replaces 4 Cabinet Members as Japan’s Political Fundraising Scandal Deepens 

By Thisanka Siripala
The government is in damage control mode as it scrambles to contain public distrust over underreported fundraising revenue.

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