June 07, 2022
China’s Charm Offensive in Indonesia and the Implications for Japan
By Yamazaki Amane and Hanada Ryosuke
Beijing's wooing of Southeast Asia's largest nation counsels a renewed focus on maritime Southeast Asia from Tokyo.
December 23, 2021
Is There a Kishida Doctrine?
By Jeff Kingston
Even from retirement, former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo continues to cast a long shadow over Japan’s foreign policy.
October 05, 2021
Will Japan’s Kishida Take Relations With the Koreas in a New Direction?
By Jason Bartlett
Kishida looks likely to maintain a typical Japanese approach to the two Koreas.
May 13, 2021
Why Is Japan Hesitant to Improve Relations with South Korea?
By KAWASHIMA Shin
Politics and history continue to weigh heavily on the bilateral relationship.
February 26, 2021
Japan’s Pragmatic Diplomacy Straining Under Myanmar Crisis
By Sebastian Strangio
In the wake of the February 1 coup, Tokyo's strategy of pragmatic engagement has come under increasing pressure.
January 07, 2020
Foreign Minister’s First ASEAN Voyage Spotlights Japan-Southeast Asia Relations in the Indo-Pacific
By Prashanth Parameswaran
The engagement will highlight Tokyo’s approach to the subregion within its broader foreign policy approach.
December 06, 2019
Japan Ends 2019 With a Packed Diplomatic Schedule
By Mina Pollmann
Japan's flurry of diplomacy highlights its outreach to newer, more distant partners.
November 06, 2019
Does Japan Have a Global Environmental Strategy?
By Elliot Silverberg and Elizabeth Smith
As the world’s attention turns increasingly to climate change, Japan is in prime position to lead.
September 06, 2019
What’s Next for India-Japan Defense Relations?
By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
While the impetus for closer alignment is clear, much work remains to be done on the security side and within the wider bilateral relationship.
August 28, 2019
Japan’s Disappointing G7 Summit
By Mina Pollmann
The grouping seems less and less inclined to take up concerns related to East Asia, adding to Japan’s disillusionment.
August 12, 2019
Japan Keen to Bolster Ties with Pacific Island States
By Grant Wyeth
The island states of the Pacific are pivotal to Japan’s free and open Indo-Pacific strategy.
July 01, 2019
Did Japan Get What It Wanted From the Osaka G20 Summit?
By Daniel Hurst
Evaluating PM Abe’s sideline diplomacy and Japan’s pursuit of previously stated goals.