October 18, 2022
Japan and Russia Lock Horns Over Diplomats, Sanctions, and Rockets
By Thisanka Siripala
Relations between the two nations have reached their lowest point amid further unprecedented Japanese sanctions against Russia.
September 07, 2022
NPT Conference Collapse, Military Drills Further Strain Japan-Russia Relations
By Mina Pollmann
Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine has seriously damaged Russia-Japan relations, and the fallout continues to be felt.
June 01, 2022
Japan’s Tangled Territorial Dispute With Russia
By Cristian Martini Grimaldi
In northernmost Hokkaido, residents can easily see Russian-held islands that once belonged to Japan. Some still hold out hope for the islands’ return.
April 25, 2022
Japan’s New Diplomatic Bluebook: Revised by the Russia-Ukraine War
By Daisuke Akimoto
Japan has changed its approach to Russia compared to past editions of the annual report. Has Tokyo given up on a peace treaty with Moscow?
April 15, 2022
Japan Scrambled Fighter Jets to Intercept Foreign Aircraft Over 1,000 Times in FY2021
By Kosuke Takahashi
It was the second highest number of scrambles in a single year, representing the worsening security environment surrounding Japan.
March 16, 2022
What Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Portends for Japan’s Northern Territories
By Aurelia George Mulgan
Tokyo appears to have finally realized that Putin has no intention of ever handing any of the disputed islands back to Japanese control.
June 09, 2021
Could Russia and Japan Finally Find Peace in the Pacific?
By Gabriel Gavin
The Kuril Islands dispute has kept Japan and Russia from ever formally ending the hostilities between them during World War II.
October 07, 2020
Resetting Japan-Russia Relations
By Michito Tsuruoka
Challenges for a new prime minister
August 07, 2019
Japan in the Russian Arctic
By Francesco Sassi
Japan's involvement in Russian LNG projects in the Arctic is a political gamble. Will it pay off?
May 10, 2019
Legacy Comes First in Abe’s Foreign Policy
By James D. J. Brown
Abe’s hasty pursuit of a legacy makes Japanese foreign policy look unprincipled and weak.
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.
March 08, 2019
The Details of Abe’s Proposed Peace Treaty With Russia
By James D. J. Brown
What would such a peace agreement include and can it be delivered?