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China’s Charm Offensive in Indonesia and the Implications for Japan
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.

Is There a Kishida Doctrine?
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.
Will Japan’s Kishida Take Relations With the Koreas in a New Direction?
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.

Why Is Japan Hesitant to Improve Relations with South Korea?
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.

Japan’s Pragmatic Diplomacy Straining Under Myanmar Crisis
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.

Foreign Minister’s First ASEAN Voyage Spotlights Japan-Southeast Asia Relations in the Indo-Pacific
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.

Japan Ends 2019 With a Packed Diplomatic Schedule
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.
Does Japan Have a Global Environmental Strategy?
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.

What’s Next for India-Japan Defense Relations?
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.

Japan’s Disappointing G7 Summit
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.

Japan Keen to Bolster Ties with Pacific Island States
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.
Did Japan Get What It Wanted From the Osaka G20 Summit?
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.

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