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US Air Force Will Deploy MQ-9 Reapers to Japan for the First Time
October 06, 2022

US Air Force Will Deploy MQ-9 Reapers to Japan for the First Time

By Kosuke Takahashi
Starting in late October, the USAF will station the UAVs on Kyushu, a move designed to strengthen Japan’s maritime surveillance.

North Korean Missile Overflight Drives Home Japan’s Need to Strengthen Missile Defense
October 05, 2022

North Korean Missile Overflight Drives Home Japan’s Need to Strengthen Missile Defense

By Liang Tuang Nah
With Pyongyang’s most recent missile launch over Japan, beefing up Japanese missile defense becomes a politically and economically justifiable imperative.
‘Condolence Diplomacy’ and Australia-Japan Relations
October 05, 2022

‘Condolence Diplomacy’ and Australia-Japan Relations

By Daisuke Akimoto
The Australia-Japan “special strategic partnership” was once again on display during former Prime Minister Abe’s funeral.

History Overshadows Japan-South Korea Rapprochement
September 29, 2022

History Overshadows Japan-South Korea Rapprochement

By Kosuke Takahashi
Why are Japan and South Korea, both U.S. allies and East Asian democracies, continuously at odds over everything from their territorial dispute to wartime labor compensation?

Anti-Korean Sentiment Simmers in Japan
September 29, 2022

Anti-Korean Sentiment Simmers in Japan

By Cristian Martini Grimaldi
Alongside rising tensions between their governments, ethnic Koreans living in Japan face daily discrimination and bullying.

Abe Shinzo and the North Korean Abduction Issue
September 28, 2022

Abe Shinzo and the North Korean Abduction Issue

By Thisanka Siripala
The former prime minister’s all-or-nothing approach may have stymied progress on the unresolved North Korean abductions of Japanese nationals.

Abe’s Militaristic Funeral Captures Japan’s Internal Divisions
September 27, 2022

Abe’s Militaristic Funeral Captures Japan’s Internal Divisions

By Foster Klug
20,000 police officers and more than 1,000 soldiers were on patrol as thousands of protesters took to the streets.
The Mixed Legacy of Abe Shinzo’s ‘Panoramic’ Foreign Policy
September 27, 2022

The Mixed Legacy of Abe Shinzo’s ‘Panoramic’ Foreign Policy

By Rena Sasaki
Abe’s state funeral is a farewell for his all-encompassing diplomatic approach as Japan transitions toward a more values-based foreign policy.

VP Harris Leads US Delegation to Japan for Slain Leader Abe’s Funeral
September 26, 2022

VP Harris Leads US Delegation to Japan for Slain Leader Abe’s Funeral

By Chris Megerian and Mari Yamaguchi
Japan’s Prime Minister Kishida told Harris that former PM Abe Shinzo had “poured his heart and soul” into strengthening the Japan-U.S. alliance.

What Did Japan’s Kishida Do at the UN General Assembly?
September 26, 2022

What Did Japan’s Kishida Do at the UN General Assembly?

By Mina Pollmann
Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio had a packed schedule on the sidelines on the U.N. General Assembly.

South Korea, US, Japan Reaffirm Joint Stance on North Korea’s Missile Threats
September 23, 2022

South Korea, US, Japan Reaffirm Joint Stance on North Korea’s Missile Threats

By Mitch Shin
The top diplomats from the three countries met in New York on Thursday to coordinate the joint response over North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats.
Strengthening Integrated Air and Missile Defense for the Japan-US Alliance
September 23, 2022

Strengthening Integrated Air and Missile Defense for the Japan-US Alliance

By Carl Rehberg, Chris Bassler , and Herbert Kemp
The Japan-U.S. alliance has made steady and incremental progress toward preparing for future crises and contingencies. More needs to be done.

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