G7 President Japan Has a Final Chance for Energy Leadership at COP28
By Yoko Mulholland, Hanna Hakko, and Kat Petersen
As its G-7 presidency concludes, Japan has an opportunity to advance delivery of the global clean energy transition at COP28.
Japan’s Top Court Strikes Down Required Sterilization Surgery to Officially Change Gender
By Mari Yamaguchi
The ruling does not address the constitutionality of requiring gender-transition surgery in general to obtain a state-sanctioned gender change.
The Case for an Alliance of Semiconductor Producing Nations
By Carisa Nietsche
The “Semi7” would include countries making meaningful contributions to the semiconductor value chain and that share similar goals.
Japan at the Center of Airpower Defense Diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific
By Shingo Nagata
Defense diplomacy is the peacetime diplomatic activity of militaries aimed at maintaining and strengthening relations with allies and partners.
The Case for a More Autonomous Japanese Foreign Policy
By Jio Kamata
A recent report by a group of Japanese foreign policy researchers calls for diplomacy at a time when few seem to understand its value.
Japan’s LGBTQ Community Battles Tradition and Ultraconservative Politics
By Thisanka Siripala
Securing legal protections for sexual minorities is agonizingly slow in a country playing catch-up.
China-Russia Joint Military Drills a ‘Grave Concern’ for Japan
By Takahashi Kosuke
Japan expresses grave concern over China-Russia joint military drills in new defense white paper for the first time.
Japan’s Growing Drone Budget
By Dan Gettinger
Tokyo’s spending on uncrewed systems and capabilities appears to have risen considerably.
Hong Kong Will Ban More Products From Japan If Treated Wastewater Is Discharged, Leader Says
By Kanis Leung
Chief Executive John Lee said in a press briefing that his government would err on the side of caution amid the unprecedented planned release of wastewater from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant.
How Abe Shinzo Broke Japanese Politics
By Jio Kamata
With snap elections and sniping at the opposition, Abe eliminated any possible challenge. Without a viable opposition, some pursue extreme measures to bring about change.
A Look at Japan’s Latest Hydrogen Strategy
By Daisuke Akimoto
The Kishida administration last month announced its new hydrogen strategy, a key thrust in efforts to achieve decarbonization, a stable energy supply and economic growth.
After 116 Years, Japan Raised Age of Consent for Sex to 16. What Took So Long?
By Priyanka Borpujari
Even in recent history, courts in Japan often looked at consent through a narrow lens.