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Japan Pushes for Its Own North Korea Summit
May 14, 2019

Japan Pushes for Its Own North Korea Summit

By Daniel Hurst
Shinzo Abe now says he would meet with Kim Jong Un without any preconditions – a change from Tokyo’s previous position.

Japan’s Diplomatic Policy Outline Reveals Shifts on North Korea, Russia
May 02, 2019

Japan’s Diplomatic Policy Outline Reveals Shifts on North Korea, Russia

By Daniel Hurst
Tokyo appears to be giving itself more room to negotiate on longstanding issues.
Japan Takes Small Step Toward Diplomacy With North Korea
March 19, 2019

Japan Takes Small Step Toward Diplomacy With North Korea

By Daniel Hurst
By stepping back from an annual UN resolution on North Korean human rights, Tokyo is sending a signal to Pyongyang.

Japan Gives Trump a Thumb's Up for Hanoi Summit
March 01, 2019

Japan Gives Trump a Thumb's Up for Hanoi Summit

By Daniel Hurst
Shinzo Abe expressed his support for the decision to leave the US-North Korea summit with no deal.

The Second Trump Kim Summit: No Good Option for Japan?
February 27, 2019

The Second Trump Kim Summit: No Good Option for Japan?

By Yuki Tatsumi
Realistically, the best Japan can hope for is a least-bad outcome.

North Korea: Getting Japan a Seat at the Table
February 23, 2019

North Korea: Getting Japan a Seat at the Table

By Luke Patey
Japan’s absence from diplomacy on North Korea is undermining efforts to bring about a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Japan Wants Human Rights Back on the North Korea Agenda
December 22, 2018

Japan Wants Human Rights Back on the North Korea Agenda

By Daniel Hurst
A government-organized symposium focused on human rights, including the abductee issue, rather than nuclear weapons.
At UN, Japan's Abe Defends the Rules-Based Order
September 27, 2018

At UN, Japan's Abe Defends the Rules-Based Order

By Daniel Hurst
Abe promises to defend free trade while resolving long-standing issues with Japan's neighbors.

Shinzo Abe's North Korea Dilemma
July 28, 2018

Shinzo Abe's North Korea Dilemma

By Yuichiro Kakutani
Domestic political calculations, not national interest, are behind Abe's approach to North Korea.

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

By Mina Pollmann
The abductee issues continues to complicate Japan's approach to North Korea.

The Trump-Kim Summit: The View From Japan
June 12, 2018

The Trump-Kim Summit: The View From Japan

By Daniel Hurst
Japan remains cautious about North Korea's intentions.
North Korea's Kim Signals Openness to Talks With Tokyo
May 01, 2018

North Korea's Kim Signals Openness to Talks With Tokyo

By Daniel Hurst
Over the weekend, Moon briefed Abe by telephone about his discussions with Kim.

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