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South Korea Plans Fund to Compensate Forced Labor Victims
January 12, 2023

South Korea Plans Fund to Compensate Forced Labor Victims

By Kim Tong-hyung
Ties between the two U.S. Asian allies have long been complicated by grievances related to Japan's brutal rule of the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945.

Veer Guardian 2023: Maiden India-Japan Air Exercise to Begin
January 10, 2023

Veer Guardian 2023: Maiden India-Japan Air Exercise to Begin

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The China factor has steadied the two nations' strategic partnership, despite their differences of opinion on other matters.
2022: The Year Japan and Germany Became ‘Normal’ Countries
December 30, 2022

2022: The Year Japan and Germany Became ‘Normal’ Countries

By Chietigj Bajpaee
Japan and Germany rediscovered their geopolitical voice in 2022, making parallel efforts to develop more assertive national security postures. 

Blue-ribbon Panel Urges Japan to Develop Counterstrike Capabilities
November 23, 2022

Blue-ribbon Panel Urges Japan to Develop Counterstrike Capabilities

By Takahashi Kosuke
The Japanese defense ministry estimates that Tokyo will need to spend 48 trillion yen on defense over the next five years if it wants to achieve its security goals.

Japan PM Promises Law to Help Unification Church Victims
November 08, 2022

Japan PM Promises Law to Help Unification Church Victims

By Mari Yamaguchi
Kishida is attempting to calm public outrage over his handling of his party's extensive ties to the Unification Church.

Japanese Prime Minister Orders Probe of Unification Church Problems
October 17, 2022

Japanese Prime Minister Orders Probe of Unification Church Problems

By Mari Yamaguchi
In an apparent move to calm continued public outrage, Kishida ordered an investigation into the Unification Church.

Tokyo Olympics Sponsorship Scandal Widens With More Arrests
September 06, 2022

Tokyo Olympics Sponsorship Scandal Widens With More Arrests

By Yuri Kageyama
The latest allegations center on 76 million yen a former Tokyo Olympics organizing committee member received from Tokyo-based publishing company Kadokawa.
US-South Korea-Japan Strengthen Joint Commitment in Face of Possible 7th North Korean Nuclear Test
September 02, 2022

US-South Korea-Japan Strengthen Joint Commitment in Face of Possible 7th North Korean Nuclear Test

By Mitch Shin
The national security advisors from the three countries met in Honolulu this week to discuss a coordinated response to the growing North Korean threat.

What Will Kishida Say on August 15 at Japan’s National Memorial Ceremony for the War Dead?
August 13, 2022

What Will Kishida Say on August 15 at Japan’s National Memorial Ceremony for the War Dead?

By Mindy Kotler
Kishida has an opportunity to demonstrate his independence now that Abe is gone. Will he return to the legacy of the Murayama statement?

Japan Prime Minister Purges Cabinet After Support Falls Over Church Ties
August 11, 2022

Japan Prime Minister Purges Cabinet After Support Falls Over Church Ties

By Mari Yamaguchi
Kishida said it was important to gain people's trust and that the new Cabinet included only those who agreed to strictly review their ties to the Unification Church.

Japan Truckmaker Hino Says Emissions Data Faked for 20 years
August 02, 2022

Japan Truckmaker Hino Says Emissions Data Faked for 20 years

By Yuri Kageyama
Teams that were developing engines knew they couldn't meet targets and felt so pressured they falsified test results.
Is Japan’s Postwar Pacifism Dead?
July 15, 2022

Is Japan’s Postwar Pacifism Dead?

By Ulv Hanssen
Japan’s defense spending plan shows how far the state has departed from postwar pacifism.

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