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Japan's Foreign Policy Balancing Act
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.
A New Cold War With Russia Forces Japan to Choose Sides
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?

Will 2018 Really Be a Breakthrough Year in Japan-Russia ties?
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.

The Third Annual Eastern Economic Forum and the Japan-Russia Summit
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.

Abe, Putin Meet at G-20 as Disputed Northern Territories Recede Into Distance
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.
Shinzo Abe: Ideologue or Pragmatist?
June 13, 2017

Shinzo Abe: Ideologue or Pragmatist?

By Dmitry Filippov
Japan's prime minister isn't nationalistic so much as realistic.

Abe’s Diplomacy at a Crossroads: The Hidden Side of the Japanese-Russian Summit
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.
Russo-Japanese Relations On Track for Confidence Building
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.

What's New in Japan-Russia Relations?
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.

Putin’s Visit to Japan and the Russia-Japan Summit
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.

How Putin Outplayed Abe in Japan
December 23, 2016

How Putin Outplayed Abe in Japan

By Liubomir K. Topaloff
In this diplomatic sparring match, there was only one winner.
How the Kuril Islands Are Testing Shinzo Abe's Statesmanship
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.

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