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Japan’s Food Self-Sufficiency Debate Overlooks the Core Problem
May 13, 2022

Japan’s Food Self-Sufficiency Debate Overlooks the Core Problem

By Yusaku Yoshikawa
It will be difficult to boost agricultural production without addressing the dwindling workforce in the sector.

Japan’s Weak Yen Hampers Its Post-COVID Recovery
May 12, 2022

Japan’s Weak Yen Hampers Its Post-COVID Recovery

By Thisanka Siripala
The Japanese yen has tumbled to its lowest level, pinching household purses and clouding Japan’s economic outlook.
South Korea’s New Government Looks to Reinvigorate Japan-South Korea-US Trilateral
May 11, 2022

South Korea’s New Government Looks to Reinvigorate Japan-South Korea-US Trilateral

By Eunil Cho
New President Yoon Suk-yeol has been clear about his intentions. Putting rhetoric into practice will prove more difficult, but not impossible.

Will Australia and Japan Move Beyond the ‘Quasi-Alliance’?
May 11, 2022

Will Australia and Japan Move Beyond the ‘Quasi-Alliance’?

By Daisuke Akimoto
The Russia-Ukraine War has only accelerated the deepening defense ties between Canberra and Tokyo. Will the two countries consider a formal alliance?

Japan’s Moment to Act on Forced Labor in Supply Chains
May 09, 2022

Japan’s Moment to Act on Forced Labor in Supply Chains

By Airin Ri and Anasuya Syam
Despite past commitments, Japan is the only G-7 member that has not imposed sanctions on Beijing for its state policy of forced labor.

Japan’s Foreign Minister to Attend South Korean President’s Inauguration
May 07, 2022

Japan’s Foreign Minister to Attend South Korean President’s Inauguration

By Mari Yamaguchi
The decision to send Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa to Seoul signals Japan’s willingness to improve dialogue with South Korea. President-elect Yoon has made similar overtures.

UK and Japan Reach New Defense Deal Amid Russia Concerns
May 06, 2022

UK and Japan Reach New Defense Deal Amid Russia Concerns

By Associated Press
Japanese Prime Minister Kishida’s visit to the U.K. resulted in a new security deal, adding to Japan's growing collection.
What the 2022 Diplomatic Blue Book Reveals About Japan’s Taiwan Policy
May 04, 2022

What the 2022 Diplomatic Blue Book Reveals About Japan’s Taiwan Policy

By Victor Lin
Japan’s concerns about stability in the Taiwan Strait have resulted in a new focus on the issue.

What’s Behind Japan’s Continued COVID-19 Border Restrictions?
May 02, 2022

What’s Behind Japan’s Continued COVID-19 Border Restrictions?

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan remains closed to international tourists and has not yet made plans to reopen despite a global trend to lift pandemic entry restrictions.

Ukraine, China Top Agenda During Japanese PM’s Southeast Asia Tour
May 02, 2022

Ukraine, China Top Agenda During Japanese PM’s Southeast Asia Tour

By Sebastian Strangio
Prime Minister Kishida Fumio's visits to Vietnam and Indonesia demonstrated Tokyo's enduring diplomatic strengths in Southeast Asia.

In Japan, Scholz Says Germany Seeks Closer Ties With Indo-Pacific
April 29, 2022

In Japan, Scholz Says Germany Seeks Closer Ties With Indo-Pacific

By Mari Yamaguchi
Scholz called his trip to Japan “a clear political signal that Germany and the EU will continue and intensify their engagement with the Indo-Pacific region.”
Japan Commissions the Name-ship of New Mogami-Class Multirole Frigate
April 29, 2022

Japan Commissions the Name-ship of New Mogami-Class Multirole Frigate

By Kosuke Takahashi
Notably, the Mogami class will boast the first unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) and unmanned surface vehicle (USV) deployed on a Japanese frigate.

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