May 17, 2018
Japan's Foreign Policy Balancing Act
By Daniel Hurst
This year's Diplomacy Bluebook shows Japan scrambling to square long-held positions with rapid changes in the region.
April 23, 2018
A New Cold War With Russia Forces Japan to Choose Sides
By James D. J. Brown
How long can Japan keep up its balancing act between Russia and the West?
February 14, 2018
Will 2018 Really Be a Breakthrough Year in Japan-Russia ties?
By Daniel Hurst
Despite Shinzo Abe's optimism, analysts predict more of the same in Japan-Russia relations this year.
September 08, 2017
The Third Annual Eastern Economic Forum and the Japan-Russia Summit
By John Taishu Pitt
Why Japan and Russia won't reach an agreement on the Northern Territories dispute.
July 11, 2017
Abe, Putin Meet at G-20 as Disputed Northern Territories Recede Into Distance
By James D.J. Brown
Despite Japan's "new approach" to relations, Russia's position on the disputed islands has hardened.
June 13, 2017
Shinzo Abe: Ideologue or Pragmatist?
By Dmitry Filippov
Japan's prime minister isn't nationalistic so much as realistic.
May 25, 2017
Abe’s Diplomacy at a Crossroads: The Hidden Side of the Japanese-Russian Summit
By Akihiro Iwashita
The Japanese PM’s approach to Russia is looking increasingly risky.
May 22, 2017
Russo-Japanese Relations On Track for Confidence Building
By Taisuke Abiru
Don’t expect major breakthroughs anytime soon, but recent summits have moved the relationship forward.
May 04, 2017
What's New in Japan-Russia Relations?
By Mina Pollmann
A recent summit had little to offer on a thorny territorial dispute, but added North Korea to the agenda.
December 31, 2016
Putin’s Visit to Japan and the Russia-Japan Summit
By Shinji Hyodo
The two leaders take another step towards the conclusion of a peace treaty.
December 23, 2016
How Putin Outplayed Abe in Japan
By Liubomir K. Topaloff
In this diplomatic sparring match, there was only one winner.
December 22, 2016
How the Kuril Islands Are Testing Shinzo Abe's Statesmanship
By Sergey Radchenko
The recent Russia-Japan summit could be best described as embarrassment for Abe and a major coup for Putin.