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If Not North Korea, Who Will Be Japan’s Chief Antagonist?
June 02, 2018
If Not North Korea, Who Will Be Japan’s Chief Antagonist?
North Korea has long played the enemy for Japanese domestic political purposes. If peace comes, that will have to change.
If Not North Korea, Who Will Be Japan’s Chief Antagonist?
Japan's Robot Revolution in Senior Care
June 01, 2018
Japan's Robot Revolution in Senior Care
Being cared for by robots is becoming the method of choice among elderly residents.
Japan's Robot Revolution in Senior Care
Abe's Russia Trip Comes to an Underwhelming End
June 01, 2018
Abe's Russia Trip Comes to an Underwhelming End
Japan's prime minister may finally have to give up hope of making progress on a long-standing territorial dispute.
Abe's Russia Trip Comes to an Underwhelming End
Japan’s Forced Sterilization Victims Hit Back With a Wave of Lawsuits
May 25, 2018
Japan’s Forced Sterilization Victims Hit Back With a Wave of Lawsuits
The dark postwar population policy, modeled after Nazi Germany’s eugenics, resulted in systemic human rights abuses.
Japan’s Forced Sterilization Victims Hit Back With a Wave of Lawsuits
Japan's Pacific Island Push
May 24, 2018
Japan's Pacific Island Push
The Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting provided an opportunity for Japan to respond to Chinese influence in the region.
Japan's Pacific Island Push
Another Week, Another Cronyism Scandal for Japan's Abe
May 18, 2018
Another Week, Another Cronyism Scandal for Japan's Abe
The controversy over a new veterinary school belonging to Abe’s old friend deepens as fresh evidence emerges.
Another Week, Another Cronyism Scandal for Japan's Abe
Japan's Foreign Policy Balancing Act
May 17, 2018
Japan's Foreign Policy Balancing Act
This year's Diplomacy Bluebook shows Japan scrambling to square long-held positions with rapid changes in the region.
Japan's Foreign Policy Balancing Act
Trump-Kim Meeting Is Set. What Now For Japan?
May 16, 2018
Trump-Kim Meeting Is Set. What Now For Japan?
Japan's singular focus on the abductee issue is marginalizing Tokyo in the current round of North Korea diplomacy.
Trump-Kim Meeting Is Set. What Now For Japan?
Abe’s US Visit and the North Korea Problem
May 14, 2018
Abe’s US Visit and the North Korea Problem
Tokyo needs some deft maneuvering ahead of the Trump-Kim summit.
Abe’s US Visit and the North Korea Problem
China-Japan-South Korea Trilateral (Finally) Meets Again
May 12, 2018
China-Japan-South Korea Trilateral (Finally) Meets Again
After a two-year hiatus, the once-annual forum reconvenes amid rapid developments on the Korean Peninsula.
China-Japan-South Korea Trilateral (Finally) Meets Again
Japan’s US Air Base Safety Probe in Deadlock
May 11, 2018
Japan’s US Air Base Safety Probe in Deadlock
After a series of U.S helicopter safety mishaps, plans to inspect the U.S. marine base have been met with resistance.
Japan’s US Air Base Safety Probe in Deadlock
Japan’s Kobe Steel Faces Criminal Investigation
May 03, 2018
Japan’s Kobe Steel Faces Criminal Investigation
Quality control scandals in the manufacturing sector are undermining Japan’s reputation for quality and integrity.
Japan’s Kobe Steel Faces Criminal Investigation
North Korea's Kim Signals Openness to Talks With Tokyo
May 01, 2018
North Korea's Kim Signals Openness to Talks With Tokyo
Over the weekend, Moon briefed Abe by telephone about his discussions with Kim.
North Korea's Kim Signals Openness to Talks With Tokyo
Japan’s Finance Ministry Sexual Harassment Scandal Sparks National Wake Up Call
April 27, 2018
Japan’s Finance Ministry Sexual Harassment Scandal Sparks National Wake Up Call
While the government wraps its head around sexual misconduct embroiling a finance official, social unrest deepens.
Japan’s Finance Ministry Sexual Harassment Scandal Sparks National Wake Up Call
Meltdown Imminent? The Decline of Japan’s Nuclear Export Industry
April 27, 2018
Meltdown Imminent? The Decline of Japan’s Nuclear Export Industry
Cost overruns and declining credibility threaten to derail Tokyo’s nuclear export ambitions.
Meltdown Imminent? The Decline of Japan’s Nuclear Export Industry
DPRK-Linked Academic: Prepare for 'Sad' Conclusion to Abductee Issue
April 26, 2018
DPRK-Linked Academic: Prepare for 'Sad' Conclusion to Abductee Issue
A professor from Korea University sought to “convey the perspectives from Pyongyang” in a Tokyo press conference.
DPRK-Linked Academic: Prepare for 'Sad' Conclusion to Abductee Issue
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