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North Korea: An Interesting Start to 2024

North Korea: An Interesting Start to 2024

By ISOZAKI Atsuhito
A new policy direction seems to be emerging.

A Message to Kim Jong Un From Mother of Japanese Girl Abducted by North Korea in 1977

A Message to Kim Jong Un From Mother of Japanese Girl Abducted by North Korea in 1977

By Takahashi Kosuke
The mother of Yokota Megumi, the most famous of the Japanese civilians abducted by North Korea, continues to push for her daughter's return.
East Asian Tensions and the Lessons From Hanoi

East Asian Tensions and the Lessons From Hanoi

By ISOZAKI Atsuhito
Vietnamese diplomacy offers some useful reminders for key actors in a troubled region.

North Korea Unsettles Kishida Government

North Korea Unsettles Kishida Government

By ISOZAKI Atsuhito
Tokyo has been left puzzled by some recent moves from Pyongyang.

North Korea Warns Against Japan’s New Security Strategy

North Korea Warns Against Japan’s New Security Strategy

By Mitch Shin
After Tokyo announced its new security strategy, Pyongyang threatened to take a “decisive military step” in response. 

Abe Shinzo and the North Korean Abduction Issue

Abe Shinzo and the North Korean Abduction Issue

By Thisanka Siripala
The former prime minister’s all-or-nothing approach may have stymied progress on the unresolved North Korean abductions of Japanese nationals.

Explaining the Impasse in Japan’s Relations with North Korea

Explaining the Impasse in Japan’s Relations with North Korea

By ISOZAKI Atsuhito
Pyongyang is dismissive of Tokyo, but the latter still has an important card to play.
Japan Backward in Coming Forward on US-North Korea

Japan Backward in Coming Forward on US-North Korea

By ISOZAKI Atsuhito
At a time of stalemate, the Suga administration seems unwilling to take the initiative.

How Japan Talks About Security Threats

How Japan Talks About Security Threats

By Eitan Oren and Matthew Brummer
The particulars of the language used to describe rivals are important to understanding Japan’s threat assessments and policy goals.

North Korean Media Criticizes Japan’s NHK for False Missile Alert

North Korean Media Criticizes Japan’s NHK for False Missile Alert

By Ankit Panda
The Korean Central News Agency, in a commentary, accused the Japanese broadcaster of an “ulterior motive.”

North Korea‘s Warning to Japan‘s Abe on Ballistic Missiles Should Be Taken Seriously

North Korea‘s Warning to Japan‘s Abe on Ballistic Missiles Should Be Taken Seriously

By Ankit Panda
Is North Korea warning Japan of launches to come?
Abe Administration Left Behind on North Korea

Abe Administration Left Behind on North Korea

By Atsuhito Isozaki
The Japanese government has limited options for dealing with its bellicose neighbor.

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