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Assessing the Japan-US Summit
January 25, 2023

Assessing the Japan-US Summit

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Jeffrey Hornung.

Doubling the Defense Budget Won’t be Easy for Japan
January 21, 2023

Doubling the Defense Budget Won’t be Easy for Japan

By Daisuke Akimoto and Purnendra Jain
Kishida’s judgment on how to fund the defense budget increase will be a critical factor in his survival as prime minister.
Space Is Going Commercial in Asia, but There’s a Rocky Road Ahead
January 20, 2023

Space Is Going Commercial in Asia, but There’s a Rocky Road Ahead

By Arpit Raswant , Jiye Kim, and Tim Mahlberg
Space commercialization is creating opportunities for businesses, headaches for governments, and confusion for Asia-Pacific consumers.

Japan’s Largest Opposition Party Seeks Moderation, But the Base Disagrees
January 19, 2023

Japan’s Largest Opposition Party Seeks Moderation, But the Base Disagrees

By Jio Kamata
After a decade in the political wilderness, the Constitutional Democratic Party is trying to broaden its appeal – but its base is not pleased.

The Unification Church, Japan, and North Korea
January 19, 2023

The Unification Church, Japan, and North Korea

By ISOZAKI Atsuhito
The Unification Church and North Korea are closely linked, despite the church's adamant anti-communist stance.

Surviving Old Age Is Getting Harder in Japan
January 19, 2023

Surviving Old Age Is Getting Harder in Japan

By Thisanka Siripala
Seniors living in poverty or working to supplement their income are on the rise as Japan’s public pension system cracks under a super aging society. 

Japan, US Emphasize Security Cooperation During Kishida Visit
January 18, 2023

Japan, US Emphasize Security Cooperation During Kishida Visit

By Mina Pollmann
The Japanese prime minister's U.S. visit, and the latest 2+2 consultations, emphasized an even-closer alliance amid Japan's changing security posture.
What Japan’s Foreign Policy Shifts Mean for New Zealand
January 18, 2023

What Japan’s Foreign Policy Shifts Mean for New Zealand

By Geoffrey Miller
Tokyo’s dramatic shifts on defense and China policy are likely to have ramifications for New Zealand.

Kishida’s 3 Dilemmas as G7 President
January 17, 2023

Kishida’s 3 Dilemmas as G7 President

By Takahashi Kosuke
After his successful tour of 5 G-7 partners, Japan’s three main challenges are apparent: Russia, China, and nuclear weapons.

Beyond the Quad: Booming Security Cooperation Efforts in the Indo-Pacific
January 14, 2023

Beyond the Quad: Booming Security Cooperation Efforts in the Indo-Pacific

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
New defense and security cooperation efforts are springing up across the Indo-Pacific, between some Quad members and those outside the grouping.

Japan Eyes Delay of Fukushima Plant Water Release
January 14, 2023

Japan Eyes Delay of Fukushima Plant Water Release

By Mari Yamaguchi
The plan to released treated radioactive wastewater has been fiercely opposed by local residents and Japan's neighbors, including China and South Korea.
Why and How Italy and Japan Are Upgrading Their Partnership
January 13, 2023

Why and How Italy and Japan Are Upgrading Their Partnership

By Dario Cristiani
Prime Minister Kishida Fumio’s recent visit to Italy highlighted the growing convergence between the two countries.

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