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Japan Pushes for Its Own North Korea Summit
May 14, 2019
Japan Pushes for Its Own North Korea Summit
Shinzo Abe now says he would meet with Kim Jong Un without any preconditions – a change from Tokyo’s previous position.
Japan Pushes for Its Own North Korea Summit
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
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
Tokyo appears to be giving itself more room to negotiate on longstanding issues.
Japan’s Diplomatic Policy Outline Reveals Shifts on North Korea, Russia
Japan Takes Small Step Toward Diplomacy With North Korea
March 19, 2019
Japan Takes Small Step Toward Diplomacy With North Korea
By stepping back from an annual UN resolution on North Korean human rights, Tokyo is sending a signal to Pyongyang.
Japan Takes Small Step Toward Diplomacy With North Korea
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
No Closer to an Abe-Kim Summit
August 07, 2018
No Closer to an Abe-Kim Summit
No signs that an Abe-Kim summit is forthcoming—for now.
No Closer to an Abe-Kim Summit
Shinzo Abe's North Korea Dilemma
July 28, 2018
Shinzo Abe's North Korea Dilemma
Domestic political calculations, not national interest, are behind Abe's approach to North Korea.
Shinzo Abe's North Korea Dilemma
If Not North Korea, Who Will Be Japan’s Chief Antagonist?
June 02, 2018
If Not North Korea, Who Will Be Japan’s Chief Antagonist?
North Korea has long played the enemy for Japanese domestic political purposes. If peace comes, that will have to change.
If Not North Korea, Who Will Be Japan’s Chief Antagonist?
Trump-Kim Meeting Is Set. What Now For Japan?
May 16, 2018
Trump-Kim Meeting Is Set. What Now For Japan?
Japan's singular focus on the abductee issue is marginalizing Tokyo in the current round of North Korea diplomacy.
Trump-Kim Meeting Is Set. What Now For Japan?
Abe’s US Visit and the North Korea Problem
May 14, 2018
Abe’s US Visit and the North Korea Problem
Tokyo needs some deft maneuvering ahead of the Trump-Kim summit.
Abe’s US Visit and the North Korea Problem
More Than Meets the Eye: The 2018 Japan-China-South Korea Trilateral Summit
May 08, 2018
More Than Meets the Eye: The 2018 Japan-China-South Korea Trilateral Summit
Wednesday’s trilateral summit will add momentum to — and raise the stakes for — the upcoming Trump-Kim meeting.
More Than Meets the Eye: The 2018 Japan-China-South Korea Trilateral Summit
North Korea's Kim Signals Openness to Talks With Tokyo
May 01, 2018
North Korea's Kim Signals Openness to Talks With Tokyo
Over the weekend, Moon briefed Abe by telephone about his discussions with Kim.
North Korea's Kim Signals Openness to Talks With Tokyo
DPRK-Linked Academic: Prepare for 'Sad' Conclusion to Abductee Issue
April 26, 2018
DPRK-Linked Academic: Prepare for 'Sad' Conclusion to Abductee Issue
A professor from Korea University sought to “convey the perspectives from Pyongyang” in a Tokyo press conference.
DPRK-Linked Academic: Prepare for 'Sad' Conclusion to Abductee Issue
Japan’s Security Alliance Dilemma
March 24, 2018
Japan’s Security Alliance Dilemma
Tokyo has serious concerns about the U.S.-North Korea dialogue and also the potential of nuclear war.
Japan’s Security Alliance Dilemma
Abe’s Charm Offensive – Is There a Second Act?
March 23, 2018
Abe’s Charm Offensive – Is There a Second Act?
The Japanese prime minister has put serious effort into diplomacy near and far -- but will it pay off?
Abe’s Charm Offensive – Is There a Second Act?
Japan Unimpressed by Inter-Korean Talks
January 12, 2018
Japan Unimpressed by Inter-Korean Talks
Despite signs of a thaw in inter-Korea relations, Japan's Abe continues to stress the need for national defense.
Japan Unimpressed by Inter-Korean Talks
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