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‘Joe-Yoshi’ Spirit Buoys Japan-US Alliance in Turbulent Seas
April 20, 2021

‘Joe-Yoshi’ Spirit Buoys Japan-US Alliance in Turbulent Seas

By Scott W. Harold
With both countries facing serious challenges at home, their leaders remained committed to building a personal rapport.

Why Matsuyama at the Masters Matters
April 20, 2021

Why Matsuyama at the Masters Matters

By Layne Vandenberg
The impact of Hideki Matsuyama’s victory at the 2021 Masters Golf Tournament could be diminished by barriers to entry and ongoing stereotypes about Asian athletes. 
The US and Japan Must Lead on Climate Cooperation
April 19, 2021

The US and Japan Must Lead on Climate Cooperation

By Mary M. McCarthy and Phillip Y. Lipscy
Both countries have been criticized as climate change laggards. The Biden and Suga administrations are looking to change that perception.

The Domestic Politics of Suga’s China Stance
April 19, 2021

The Domestic Politics of Suga’s China Stance

By Duncan Bartlett
At the Biden-Suga summit, strong language on China, including a notable mention of Taiwan, was tempered by Suga's precarious situation at home.

Japan Faces Growing Pressure to Rethink Releasing Fukushima’s Wastewater into Ocean
April 16, 2021

Japan Faces Growing Pressure to Rethink Releasing Fukushima’s Wastewater into Ocean

By Thisanka Siripala
China and South Korea have reacted strongly to the Japanese government’s decision to release contaminated water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear reactor.

The Biden-Suga Summit: What to Expect
April 13, 2021

The Biden-Suga Summit: What to Expect

By Joshua W. Walker
If both leaders play their cards right, ties between Tokyo and Washington could anchor a peaceful and rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific for years to come.

Can Japan and the US Lead the Way to 6G?
April 13, 2021

Can Japan and the US Lead the Way to 6G?

By James L. Schoff and Joshua Levy
The Biden-Suga summit this week will help set the tone on the allies’ cooperation on “Beyond 5G” technologies.
Ping Pong Diplomacy: Made in Japan
April 10, 2021

Ping Pong Diplomacy: Made in Japan

By John Darwin Van Fleet
Remembering the Chinese, Japanese, and American table tennis players who paved the way for a historic diplomatic opening.

Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Operators Penalized for Sloppy Safeguards at Niigata
April 08, 2021

Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Operators Penalized for Sloppy Safeguards at Niigata

By Thisanka Siripala
A series of safety breaches compounds fears that TEPCO has failed to learn from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in its bid to restart a Niigata nuclear power plant.

Japan Could Deliver 8 Cutting-Edge Frigates to Indonesia
April 08, 2021

Japan Could Deliver 8 Cutting-Edge Frigates to Indonesia

By Sebastian Strangio
If it eventuates, the $3.6 billion deal would represent the largest-ever arms transfer between the two nations.

How Japanese Women Saved Shinto
April 08, 2021

How Japanese Women Saved Shinto

By Cristian Martini Grimaldi
A Shinto priest explains the ancient Japanese religion – and the crucial, often forgotten role women played in keeping it alive after World War II.
Japan Regulator Bans Nuke Plant Restart Over Lax Safeguards
April 08, 2021

Japan Regulator Bans Nuke Plant Restart Over Lax Safeguards

By Mari Yamaguchi
Of the 54 nuclear reactors Japan used to have, nine have been restarted under tougher post-Fukushima safety standards and four are currently operating.

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