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Japan’s New Imperial Era: What’s in a Name?
April 18, 2019
Japan’s New Imperial Era: What’s in a Name?
After the highly anticipated new imperial era was unveiled, its carefully considered name – Reiwa – has attracted criticism.
Japan’s New Imperial Era: What’s in a Name?
Does Japan's New Climate Change Strategy Go Far Enough?
April 16, 2019
Does Japan's New Climate Change Strategy Go Far Enough?
Japan wants to be a leader on climate change, but environmental activists have doubts about the latest strategy.
Does Japan's New Climate Change Strategy Go Far Enough?
Could Japan’s Shinzo Abe Retain Power for a Fourth Term?
March 20, 2019
Could Japan’s Shinzo Abe Retain Power for a Fourth Term?
Without a clear leader to succeed Abe, his devout followers in the LDP hint at extending his time in office. 
Could Japan’s Shinzo Abe Retain Power for a Fourth Term?
The Details of Abe’s Proposed Peace Treaty With Russia
March 08, 2019
The Details of Abe’s Proposed Peace Treaty With Russia
What would such a peace agreement include and can it be delivered?
The Details of Abe’s Proposed Peace Treaty With Russia
Sheila Smith on the Politics of Japan's Military Power
March 01, 2019
Sheila Smith on the Politics of Japan's Military Power
As Tokyo rearms, what are the politics of military power in Japan?
Sheila Smith on the Politics of Japan's Military Power
Is This a True Thaw in Sino-Japanese Relations?
February 16, 2019
Is This a True Thaw in Sino-Japanese Relations?
Behind the immediate diplomatic détente, distrust and trust in Sino-Japanese relations remain two sides of the same coin.
Is This a True Thaw in Sino-Japanese Relations?
Japan 2019: Feast or Famine
February 07, 2019
Japan 2019: Feast or Famine
Economist Jesper Koll on what to expect from Abenomics and Japan's economy in 2019.
Japan 2019: Feast or Famine
Jonathan B. Miller on Japan's Foreign and Defense Policies Under Shinzo Abe
February 06, 2019
Jonathan B. Miller on Japan's Foreign and Defense Policies Under Shinzo Abe
The Diplomat speaks with Jonathan B. Miller on the future direction of Japan's foreign and defense policies.
Jonathan B. Miller on Japan's Foreign and Defense Policies Under Shinzo Abe
Japan Calls for Global Consensus on Data Governance
February 02, 2019
Japan Calls for Global Consensus on Data Governance
Noting that “data drives everything,” Shinzo Abe said the Osaka G-20 summit will focus on establishing rules for this new frontier.
Japan Calls for Global Consensus on Data Governance
The Art of the Balance: Japan, China and the United States
January 30, 2019
The Art of the Balance: Japan, China and the United States
It’s no easy thing to balance a distant ally with a worrisome close neighbor.
The Art of the Balance: Japan, China and the United States
The Toxic Influence of Japan’s Rural Political Interest Groups
January 05, 2019
The Toxic Influence of Japan’s Rural Political Interest Groups
It’s time to reduce the political influence of Japan’s dwindling rural, primary sector interests.
The Toxic Influence of Japan’s Rural Political Interest Groups
Japan’s Not Hedging… Yet
December 21, 2018
Japan’s Not Hedging… Yet
The country remains committed to the U.S.-led order, but finds itself in uncharted territory.
Japan’s Not Hedging… Yet
How Shinzo Abe Is Changing Japan’s Foreign Policy Apparatus
December 13, 2018
How Shinzo Abe Is Changing Japan’s Foreign Policy Apparatus
The Abe administration is seizing the foreign policy initiative from Japan’s bureaucracy.
How Shinzo Abe Is Changing Japan’s Foreign Policy Apparatus
Satoru Nagao on the Japan-India ‘Special’ Relationship
December 12, 2018
Satoru Nagao on the Japan-India ‘Special’ Relationship
The Diplomat talks with Saturo Nagao about the trajectory of ties between Japan and India in the wider Indo-Pacific.
Satoru Nagao on the Japan-India ‘Special’ Relationship
After a Busy G20 for Abe, Japan Prepares to Host in 2019
December 08, 2018
After a Busy G20 for Abe, Japan Prepares to Host in 2019
Japan's prime minister had a full slate of meetings at the summit, but also found time to outline Japan's focus as next year's host.
After a Busy G20 for Abe, Japan Prepares to Host in 2019
Japan's Subtle China Strategy on Display
November 24, 2018
Japan's Subtle China Strategy on Display
At the latest round of ASEAN summitry, Abe emphasized rapprochement with China even while raising criticisms.
Japan's Subtle China Strategy on Display
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