Menu
Account
Abe's LDP Loses Big in Tokyo Metropolitan Elections: Why That Matters
July 07, 2017
Abe's LDP Loses Big in Tokyo Metropolitan Elections: Why That Matters
Governor Yuriko Koike's new Tokyo Citizens First party takes a big majority in Japan's capital.
Abe's LDP Loses Big in Tokyo Metropolitan Elections: Why That Matters
Toshiba's Chip Unit Saga Drags on
June 29, 2017
Toshiba's Chip Unit Saga Drags on
Opposition to the sale from a partner is keeping Toshiba from sealing the deal.
Toshiba's Chip Unit Saga Drags on
How Japan's Aging Population Impacts National Defense
June 28, 2017
How Japan's Aging Population Impacts National Defense
With fewer and fewer young people to recruit, Japan's military will face staffing shortfalls.
How Japan's Aging Population Impacts National Defense
All About the Yen: Japan Begins Mid-Term Defense Planning
June 23, 2017
All About the Yen: Japan Begins Mid-Term Defense Planning
As regional tensions rise, Japan will have to make the most of a limited defense budget.
All About the Yen: Japan Begins Mid-Term Defense Planning
Will Japan Join China's Belt and Road Initiative?
June 14, 2017
Will Japan Join China's Belt and Road Initiative?
Shinzo Abe expresses cautious interest, but Japan wants potential concerns addressed first.
Will Japan Join China's Belt and Road Initiative?
Shinzo Abe: Ideologue or Pragmatist?
June 13, 2017
Shinzo Abe: Ideologue or Pragmatist?
Japan's prime minister isn't nationalistic so much as realistic.
Shinzo Abe: Ideologue or Pragmatist?
Japan Shops Maritime Arms to Southeast Asia
June 13, 2017
Japan Shops Maritime Arms to Southeast Asia
At the Maritime Air Systems and Technologies Asia exhibition, Japan hopes to lure in Southeast Asian buyers.
Japan Shops Maritime Arms to Southeast Asia
What Did Japan Learn in South Sudan?
June 10, 2017
What Did Japan Learn in South Sudan?
The significance of the Japan Self-Defense Force deployment to the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.
What Did Japan Learn in South Sudan?
Time for a Japanese Rethink on North Korea?
June 07, 2017
Time for a Japanese Rethink on North Korea?
Given recent developments, Tokyo needs to reconsider how it will work with Seoul and Washington.
Time for a Japanese Rethink on North Korea?
Freedom of Expression Under Siege in Okinawa
June 06, 2017
Freedom of Expression Under Siege in Okinawa
The Abe government has been particularly harsh on cracking down on dissent in Okinawa.
Freedom of Expression Under Siege in Okinawa
Tokyo's Governor Throws in With a New Political Party
June 02, 2017
Tokyo's Governor Throws in With a New Political Party
Yuriko Koike has officially withdrawn from the LDP to head the new Tomin First no Kai.
Tokyo's Governor Throws in With a New Political Party
What Next for Japan-South Korea Relations?
May 29, 2017
What Next for Japan-South Korea Relations?
A reopening (yet again) of the comfort women issue could threaten cooperation on defense issues.
What Next for Japan-South Korea Relations?
Abe’s Diplomacy at a Crossroads: The Hidden Side of the Japanese-Russian Summit
May 25, 2017
Abe’s Diplomacy at a Crossroads: The Hidden Side of the Japanese-Russian Summit
The Japanese PM’s approach to Russia is looking increasingly risky.
Abe’s Diplomacy at a Crossroads: The Hidden Side of the Japanese-Russian Summit
What Role for Japan in Africa’s Security After Withdrawal from South Sudan?
May 24, 2017
What Role for Japan in Africa’s Security After Withdrawal from South Sudan?
There still is a big gap between the discourse and the reality of what Japan wants—and what it can achieve in Africa.
What Role for Japan in Africa’s Security After Withdrawal from South Sudan?
Russo-Japanese Relations On Track for Confidence Building
May 22, 2017
Russo-Japanese Relations On Track for Confidence Building
Don’t expect major breakthroughs anytime soon, but recent summits have moved the relationship forward.
Russo-Japanese Relations On Track for Confidence Building
Japan Debates Changing Its Pacifist Constitution
May 18, 2017
Japan Debates Changing Its Pacifist Constitution
Can Shinzo Abe actually succeed in his plan to amend Article 9?
Japan Debates Changing Its Pacifist Constitution
Newsletter
Sign up for our weekly newsletter
The Diplomat Brief