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Violent Stabbing Spree Near Tokyo Targets Elementary School Girls, Wounding Scores
May 31, 2019

Violent Stabbing Spree Near Tokyo Targets Elementary School Girls, Wounding Scores

By Thisanka Siripala
A mass stabbing at a bus stop in west Tokyo leaves Japan reeling.
High-Profile Pedestrian Fatalities Point Finger at Japan’s Aging Drivers
May 29, 2019

High-Profile Pedestrian Fatalities Point Finger at Japan’s Aging Drivers

By Thisanka Siripala
A series of deadly car mishaps across Japan aims a spotlight at elderly drivers and inconsistent road safety policies.

US, Japan Downplay Differences During Trump's State Visit
May 29, 2019

US, Japan Downplay Differences During Trump's State Visit

By Daniel Hurst
North Korea, trade, and Iran all remain points of potential friction, but Trump-Abe bonhomie was the center of the trip.

Urban Leaders Gather in Tokyo to Urge Climate Action
May 25, 2019

Urban Leaders Gather in Tokyo to Urge Climate Action

By Daniel Hurst
30 mayors and governors from around the world asked Prime Minister Abe to prioritize climate change at the June G-20 summit.

Trump and Abe: The Odd Couple
May 21, 2019

Trump and Abe: The Odd Couple

By Weston S. Konishi
There's a clear strategic rationale for Abe's over-the-top efforts to cultivate a relationship with Trump.
The Heisei Paradox: Emperor Akihito and Japan’s Nationalist Regression
May 17, 2019

The Heisei Paradox: Emperor Akihito and Japan’s Nationalist Regression

By Edward Danks
The paradox of a pacifist emperor amid rising nationalism politically is likely to continue in the Reiwa era.

Japan’s Once Powerful Criminal Underworld Hits Record Low Membership
May 16, 2019

Japan’s Once Powerful Criminal Underworld Hits Record Low Membership

By Thisanka Siripala
Hit hard by police crackdowns and aging, the number of people leaving Japan’s yakuza has reached a 15-year high.
Living History: Ushering in the New Imperial Era in Japan
May 14, 2019

Living History: Ushering in the New Imperial Era in Japan

By Spencer Cohen
The view from the crowd that gathered in early May to celebrate the rise of a new emperor.

Japan Pushes for Its Own North Korea Summit
May 14, 2019

Japan Pushes for Its Own North Korea Summit

By Daniel Hurst
Shinzo Abe now says he would meet with Kim Jong Un without any preconditions – a change from Tokyo’s previous position.

Legacy Comes First in Abe’s Foreign Policy
May 10, 2019

Legacy Comes First in Abe’s Foreign Policy

By James D. J. Brown
Abe’s hasty pursuit of a legacy makes Japanese foreign policy look unprincipled and weak.

The Rise of Japan’s New Emperor Sparks Debate on Male-Only Succession
May 08, 2019

The Rise of Japan’s New Emperor Sparks Debate on Male-Only Succession

By Thisanka Siripala
As Japan celebrates a new Emperor and imperial era, the male-only succession rule underscores the monarchy’s struggle to survive.
Japan’s Secretive Death Penalty Poised to Take a Back Seat During Olympic Spotlight
May 06, 2019

Japan’s Secretive Death Penalty Poised to Take a Back Seat During Olympic Spotlight

By Thisanka Siripala
With a new imperial year and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, death row inmates are likely to be spared in the coming two years.

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