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Osaka Will Host the 2025 World Expo. Can Japan Pull It Off?

Osaka Will Host the 2025 World Expo. Can Japan Pull It Off?

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan is pushing a PR campaign for the embattled Osaka Expo in 2025, despite waning public enthusiasm.

Yes, Japan Will Defend Taiwan 

Yes, Japan Will Defend Taiwan 

By Ryan C. Bercaw
For Japan, peace in the Taiwan Strait is a matter of national survival. A proper discussion of Japanese intervention should thus ask “how” not “if.” 
Japan and the Philippines Increase Their Focus on Island Defense

Japan and the Philippines Increase Their Focus on Island Defense

By Christopher Woody
Growing Chinese assertiveness in the East and South China seas has forced the two U.S. allies to reorient their defense strategies.

Can Japan Boost Its Foreign Students Count to 400,000?

Can Japan Boost Its Foreign Students Count to 400,000?

By Daisuke Akimoto
The Kishida administration has set a lofty goal, even while tightening the regulations for universities that admit international students.

Decoding Japan Foreign Minister Kamikawa’s Tour of Africa, Europe, and South Asia

Decoding Japan Foreign Minister Kamikawa’s Tour of Africa, Europe, and South Asia

By Rishi Gupta
Across this diverse geography, countering Chinese influence is one of Tokyo’s cardinal interests.

Why AUKUS Will Not Become JAUKUS

Why AUKUS Will Not Become JAUKUS

By TSURUOKA Michito
Despite recent talk, Japan is unlikely to join the security partnership anytime soon.

Japan’s Defense Ministry: JS Izumo Drone Video Posted Online Is Highly Likely Authentic

Japan’s Defense Ministry: JS Izumo Drone Video Posted Online Is Highly Likely Authentic

By Takahashi Kosuke
The ministry says “it is taking this extremely seriously as it could pose a serious hindrance to national defense,” and is urgently taking countermeasures.
What a Rising India and a New Japan Could Mean for the Indo-Pacific

What a Rising India and a New Japan Could Mean for the Indo-Pacific

By Anuraag Khaund
As the Japan-U.S. relationship continues to evolve, there emerge distinct synergies between U.S.-Japan and India-Japan initiatives. 

It’s Time for Closer Japan-US Cooperation on Climate Security

It’s Time for Closer Japan-US Cooperation on Climate Security

By Khang Pham
For Japan to be a true “global partner” of the U.S., it needs to closely align its approach to climate change threats with that of its most important ally.

Will Izumi Kenta Be Japan’s Next Prime Minister?

Will Izumi Kenta Be Japan’s Next Prime Minister?

By Jio Kamata
A CDP government looks more likely than ever – even if it’s still a low-odds proposition. 

Japan’s PM Kishida Says He Won’t Step Down After LDP’s Defeat in By-elections

Japan’s PM Kishida Says He Won’t Step Down After LDP’s Defeat in By-elections

By Mari Yamaguchi
Sunday’s defeat marks a further setback for Kishida, who will seek reelection as his party’s leader in the fall.
Japan’s AI Diplomacy

Japan’s AI Diplomacy

By Daisuke Akimoto
In order to take a global leadership role in AI regulations and innovation, the Kishida administration must formulate its own legal framework at home. 

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