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Legacy Comes First in Abe’s Foreign Policy
May 10, 2019
Legacy Comes First in Abe’s Foreign Policy
Abe’s hasty pursuit of a legacy makes Japanese foreign policy look unprincipled and weak.
Legacy Comes First in Abe’s Foreign Policy
North Korea: Getting Japan a Seat at the Table
February 23, 2019
North Korea: Getting Japan a Seat at the Table
Japan’s absence from diplomacy on North Korea is undermining efforts to bring about a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.
North Korea: Getting Japan a Seat at the Table
Japan’s Stakes in US-North Korea Talks
February 05, 2019
Japan’s Stakes in US-North Korea Talks
Insights from Naoko Aoki.
Japan’s Stakes in US-North Korea Talks
After North Korea, Pompeo Visits Japan to Meet With US Allies
July 09, 2018
After North Korea, Pompeo Visits Japan to Meet With US Allies
The abductee issues continues to complicate Japan's approach to North Korea.
After North Korea, Pompeo Visits Japan to Meet With US Allies
A Last Ditch Meeting Over Japan’s Abductees
October 28, 2014
A Last Ditch Meeting Over Japan’s Abductees
Without progress in Pyongyang this week, the investigation may derail completely.
A Last Ditch Meeting Over Japan’s Abductees
North Korea’s Curious Detainee Release
October 22, 2014
North Korea’s Curious Detainee Release
Why has Pyongyang decided to free Jeffrey Fowle now?
North Korea’s Curious Detainee Release
North Korea to Engage or Provoke?
October 20, 2014
North Korea to Engage or Provoke?
North Korea’s erratic behavior continues to draw regional diplomatic attention.
North Korea to Engage or Provoke?
North Korea Returns Japanese Abductee Issue to Back-Burner
October 16, 2014
North Korea Returns Japanese Abductee Issue to Back-Burner
North Korea appears to feel that it has loosened the shackles of isolation enough for now.
North Korea Returns Japanese Abductee Issue to Back-Burner
How Japan is Managing its Korean Peninsula Charm Offensive
October 03, 2014
How Japan is Managing its Korean Peninsula Charm Offensive
While talks with Pyongyang struggle, Abe is full steam ahead in his pursuit of a meeting with Park.
How Japan is Managing its Korean Peninsula Charm Offensive
Why Isn’t North Korea Angry About Its Isolation?
September 30, 2014
Why Isn’t North Korea Angry About Its Isolation?
Being left in the cold usually results in threats from the Hermit Kingdom.
Why Isn’t North Korea Angry About Its Isolation?
North Korea Walks Dangerous Line on Japanese Abductees
September 24, 2014
North Korea Walks Dangerous Line on Japanese Abductees
Pyongyang’s attempts at leverage could leave it out in the cold.
North Korea Walks Dangerous Line on Japanese Abductees
Pyongyang’s Abductee Report Still Not Ready
September 03, 2014
Pyongyang’s Abductee Report Still Not Ready
North Korea is looking for assurances before deciding on a release date.
Pyongyang’s Abductee Report Still Not Ready
North Korea’s Abductions and Abe’s Politics of Justice
August 08, 2014
North Korea’s Abductions and Abe’s Politics of Justice
With the resumption of talks this year, the abductee issue could be a win-win for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
North Korea’s Abductions and Abe’s Politics of Justice
First Fruits of the Japanese-DPRK Talks
July 04, 2014
First Fruits of the Japanese-DPRK Talks
With current cooperation coming at such a low cost, negotiating beyond abductees is a logical next step.
First Fruits of the Japanese-DPRK Talks
The Shifting Sands of Northeast Asia’s Alliances
July 03, 2014
The Shifting Sands of Northeast Asia’s Alliances
China worries about a potential loss of control over Pyongyang, as Japan and North Korea make nice.
The Shifting Sands of Northeast Asia’s Alliances
Japan and North Korea to Continue Abductee Negotiations
June 27, 2014
Japan and North Korea to Continue Abductee Negotiations
There is more to be gained from next week’s negotiations than aid and lost citizens.
Japan and North Korea to Continue Abductee Negotiations
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