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Tokyo Local Elections Are a Wake-up Call for Japan’s Ruling Party
July 07, 2021

Tokyo Local Elections Are a Wake-up Call for Japan’s Ruling Party

By Yuki Tatsumi
Japan’s ruling coalition failed to win a majority in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election. Is this the beginning of a leadership vacuum in Japan?
A Brief History of UFOs in Japan
July 03, 2021

A Brief History of UFOs in Japan

By Daisuke Akimoto
As in the United States, the question of UFOs is gaining more attention, particularly as it relates to Japanese security.

Japan, Philippines to Hold First Ever Joint Air Exercises
July 02, 2021

Japan, Philippines to Hold First Ever Joint Air Exercises

By Sebastian Strangio
The two nations share overlapping concerns about China’s growing maritime capability and assertiveness.

The Political Implications of Japan’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout
July 01, 2021

The Political Implications of Japan’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

By Naoko Aoki
The success of Japan’s vaccination campaign could determine whether Prime Minister Suga stays in office beyond this fall.

What the Imperial House Tells Us About Japan’s Demographic Crisis
June 30, 2021

What the Imperial House Tells Us About Japan’s Demographic Crisis

By Will Fee
Aging, shrinking, its top position reserved exclusively for men – Japan's monarchy is a neat microcosm of society as a whole.
When Japan Waged a Currency War Against China
June 29, 2021

When Japan Waged a Currency War Against China

By Robert Farley
The WW2-era effort by Imperial Japan to disrupt China’s financial system is worth remembering today.

Japan’s Youth Lack Interest in Studying Abroad. That’s a Problem for Japanese Businesses.
June 25, 2021

Japan’s Youth Lack Interest in Studying Abroad. That’s a Problem for Japanese Businesses.

By Xiaochen Su
Japanese firms are hampered in their global ambitions by the Japanese youth’s lack of a global mentality.
Japan Welcomes Domestic Spectators for Tokyo Olympics Despite Warnings From Experts
June 23, 2021

Japan Welcomes Domestic Spectators for Tokyo Olympics Despite Warnings From Experts

By Thisanka Siripala
While restaurants and bars in Tokyo face COVID-19 restrictions, local fans will be allowed at Olympic venues, fanning fears of a coronavirus rebound.  

Can Japan Fix the Gender Gap in Its Politics?
June 22, 2021

Can Japan Fix the Gender Gap in Its Politics?

By Daisuke Akimoto
Japan remains hesitant to formally tackle its male-dominated political system. But one woman might beat the odds and force real change.

Japan Steps Up Its ‘Vaccine Diplomacy’ in Southeast Asia
June 17, 2021

Japan Steps Up Its ‘Vaccine Diplomacy’ in Southeast Asia

By Sebastian Strangio
A donation of 1 million jabs to Vietnam could be followed by shipments to Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand.

Japanese Corporations Get VIP COVID-19 Vaccine Treatment Ahead of Immunity Passports
June 16, 2021

Japanese Corporations Get VIP COVID-19 Vaccine Treatment Ahead of Immunity Passports

By Thisanka Siripala
Despite a lagging vaccination rollout, Japan has set its sights on issuing vaccine passports and ensuring corporations get priority jabs.
What the G-7 Summit in Cornwall Means for Asia
June 15, 2021

What the G-7 Summit in Cornwall Means for Asia

By Duncan Bartlett
Besides seeing a stronger stance emerge on China, the summit had implications for the North Korea issue as well as Japan-South Korea relations.

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