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What Can Asia Expect From Suga’s Japan?
September 16, 2020

What Can Asia Expect From Suga’s Japan?

By Ankit Panda
Abe's successor will represent continuity, but faces a challenging set of internal issues.

Assessing Abe Shinzo’s Geopolitical Legacy
September 09, 2020

Assessing Abe Shinzo’s Geopolitical Legacy

By Ankit Panda
A biographer of Japan’s outgoing prime minister discusses Abe’s lasting legacy on foreign affairs and trade.
US Marine Corps Faces COVID-19 Outbreak in Okinawa
July 13, 2020

US Marine Corps Faces COVID-19 Outbreak in Okinawa

By Ankit Panda
The outbreak at U.S. Marine Corps facilities has raised concerns on the island.

Japan Should Continue to Speak up on the Chinese Government’s Human Rights Abuses
June 30, 2020

Japan Should Continue to Speak up on the Chinese Government’s Human Rights Abuses

By Teppei Kasai
Taking a tough, meaningful stand against Beijing is not easy, but Tokyo must continue to demonstrate the depth of its commitments to human rights.

Making Sense of Japan’s Decision to Scrap Aegis Ashore Missile Defense
June 26, 2020

Making Sense of Japan’s Decision to Scrap Aegis Ashore Missile Defense

By Ankit Panda
James Schoff joins the podcast to discuss Tokyo’s options on missile defense.

The Rise of Japan’s Governors: Central-Local Relations During a Pandemic
May 12, 2020

The Rise of Japan’s Governors: Central-Local Relations During a Pandemic

By Michio Ueda
While Japan’s central government moved slowly to respond to COVID-19, prefectural governors sprung into action. That could have lasting consequences.

Japan Should Have a Serious Debate on Revising Its Constitution—But Not Now
May 07, 2020

Japan Should Have a Serious Debate on Revising Its Constitution—But Not Now

By Rintaro Nishimura
Shinzo Abe is right about the need for a debate, but the time is not right.
What Will Tokyo’s Postponed Olympics Mean for Japanese Politics?
May 02, 2020

What Will Tokyo’s Postponed Olympics Mean for Japanese Politics?

By Kristo Tamm
Shinzo Abe’s legacy is on the line.

Power and Money in Japanese Politics
February 13, 2020

Power and Money in Japanese Politics

By Daisuke Akimoto
What the annual income and terms of office for Japanese lawmakers tell us about bribery and corruption in the Diet.

Japan Mulls Mass Pardon of Petty Crimes to Mark New Emperor’s Enthronement
October 11, 2019

Japan Mulls Mass Pardon of Petty Crimes to Mark New Emperor’s Enthronement

By Thisanka Siripala
The tradition of pardoning crimes in light of major imperial events brings into question the need for amnesty in the criminal justice system.

Will Japan’s Latest Consumption Tax Hike Cause an Economic Slowdown? 
October 04, 2019

Will Japan’s Latest Consumption Tax Hike Cause an Economic Slowdown? 

By Thisanka Siripala
Despite global economic turmoil, the new tax rebate fails to sweeten the governments unpopular tax increase. 
Nuclear Power in the New Abe Cabinet
September 20, 2019

Nuclear Power in the New Abe Cabinet

By Tom Corben
The latest reshuffle was notable for several reasons, but not least for bringing nuclear power back into the spotlight.

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