Vietnam, Japan Establish Comprehensive Strategic Partnership
By Sebastian Strangio
The upgrade supplements Vietnam's historic upgrade of relations with the United States in September.
Is Prime Minister Kishida Leading Japan by Default?
By Aurelia George Mulgan
With plummeting approval ratings, Kishida's biggest strength seems to be that there's no obvious candidate to replace him.
Does Japan’s Kishida Fumio Deserve the ‘Profiles in Courage’ Award?
By Jio Kamata
So far, South Korea's President Yoon has been more proactive in advancing the relationship – and more willing to tolerate political risks at home.
In Japan’s Neighbors, Fear and Frustration Over Radioactive Water Release
By Hyung-jin Kim
Many foreign experts said the water discharge will have a negligible impact on the environment and human health, but Japan’s neighbors remain worried.
Kishida’s Trip to Middle East Focuses on Energy, Defense Cooperation
By Mina Pollmann
There are ironies involved in both, given that fossil fuels ties Japan and the region together more than shared liberal values.
What’s Next After the Hiroshima G7 Summit?
By IWAMA Yoko
As the grouping moves toward an Indo-Pacific worldview, Japan can play a crucial role in this difficult period of transition.
Instead of Sydney, Quad Gathers in Hiroshima
By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
With U.S. domestic politics calling President Biden home early, the Quad capitalized on their visits to Hiroshima for the G-7 to meet on May 20.
Why Won’t Japan Apologize in a Way That Satisfies South Korea?
By Jio Kamata
Again and again, Japanese prime ministers have hesitated to go against the powerful conservative faction to offer a direct apology for Japan's colonial period.
Momentum Building in the Japan-South Korea Partnership
By Kyoko Imai
Asia’s two leading democracies have no choice but to put their historical differences aside. That’s clear from recent engagement between Kishida and Yoon.
South Korean President Holds Meeting With Japanese Prime Minister in Seoul
By Mitch Shin
For the first time in 12 years, the Japanese prime minister visited Seoul for a bilateral meeting with the South Korean president.
Japanese Prime Minister Kishida’s Visit to South Korea: 3 Points to Watch
By Takahashi Kosuke
From a potential Kishida apology to the limits of security cooperation, three important questions will define the future trajectory of the Japan-South Korea thaw.
In Japan, an Uphill Climb for PM Kishida’s ‘New Capitalism’
By Dylan Harris
The Kishida administration is pursuing a more inclusive “stakeholder capitalism,” but aside from its grand vision it doesn’t have many details to offer.