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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?

By Erik Isaksson
North Korea has long played the enemy for Japanese domestic political purposes. If peace comes, that will have to change.
Trump-Kim Meeting Is Set. What Now For Japan?
May 16, 2018

Trump-Kim Meeting Is Set. What Now For Japan?

By Yuki Tatsumi
Japan's singular focus on the abductee issue is marginalizing Tokyo in the current round of North Korea diplomacy.

Abe’s US Visit and the North Korea Problem
May 14, 2018

Abe’s US Visit and the North Korea Problem

By Shin Kawashima
Tokyo needs some deft maneuvering ahead of the Trump-Kim summit.

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

By David Kim
Wednesday’s trilateral summit will add momentum to — and raise the stakes for — the upcoming Trump-Kim meeting.

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.
DPRK-Linked Academic: Prepare for 'Sad' Conclusion to Abductee Issue
April 26, 2018

DPRK-Linked Academic: Prepare for 'Sad' Conclusion to Abductee Issue

By Daniel Hurst
A professor from Korea University sought to “convey the perspectives from Pyongyang” in a Tokyo press conference.

Japan’s Security Alliance Dilemma
March 24, 2018

Japan’s Security Alliance Dilemma

By Koji Sonoda
Tokyo has serious concerns about the U.S.-North Korea dialogue and also the potential of nuclear war.
Abe’s Charm Offensive – Is There a Second Act?
March 23, 2018

Abe’s Charm Offensive – Is There a Second Act?

By Carlos Ramirez
The Japanese prime minister has put serious effort into diplomacy near and far -- but will it pay off?

Japan Unimpressed by Inter-Korean Talks
January 12, 2018

Japan Unimpressed by Inter-Korean Talks

By Thisanka Siripala
Despite signs of a thaw in inter-Korea relations, Japan's Abe continues to stress the need for national defense.

Abe’s Cul-de-Sac Foreign Policy: Between Entrapment and Abandonment
September 11, 2017

Abe’s Cul-de-Sac Foreign Policy: Between Entrapment and Abandonment

By Carlos Ramirez
There is a third alternative Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should consider pursuing.

Kim Jong-un's Crazy Summer: A Litmus Test for Japan
September 02, 2017

Kim Jong-un's Crazy Summer: A Litmus Test for Japan

By Titli Basu
North Korea's active summer poses a host of challenges to Japan's defense posture.
China Refuses to Condemn North Korea’s New Missile Launch
August 30, 2017

China Refuses to Condemn North Korea’s New Missile Launch

By Charlotte Gao
China keeps calling on all parties to exercise restraint and remain cool-headed

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