October 26, 2022
The Japan-North Korea Summit: 20 Years On
By ISOZAKI Atsuhito
New testimonies are emerging about the historic meeting.
October 19, 2022
Without Abe, Japan’s Conservatives Are at a Crossroads
By Jio Kamata
Throughout his political career, former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo was at the center of Japanese conservative politics. With him gone, how will the conservative movement go forward?
September 28, 2022
Abe Shinzo and the North Korean Abduction Issue
By Thisanka Siripala
The former prime minister’s all-or-nothing approach may have stymied progress on the unresolved North Korean abductions of Japanese nationals.
July 19, 2022
Abe Shinzo’s Enduring Legacy on Geopolitics in Asia
By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
Japan’s longest-serving post-war prime minister left a long list of achievements with geopolitical significance.
June 03, 2022
Why Japan Is Getting Tough on Russia Now
By Tsuruoka Michito
Kishida’s response to the war in Ukraine has been surprisingly robust.
April 13, 2022
Tobias Harris on Abe Shinzo’s Continuing Influence in Japan
By Shannon Tiezzi
Over a year since his resignation, Abe's “power is substantial,” as is his legacy.
February 16, 2022
Can Japan’s ‘New Capitalism’ Help Its Workers?
By Ulv Hanssen
Breaking with neoliberalism will require a resolve to confront capital and political opponents. Does Kishida have what it takes?
December 23, 2021
Is There a Kishida Doctrine?
By Jeff Kingston
Even from retirement, former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo continues to cast a long shadow over Japan’s foreign policy.
December 02, 2021
China Lashes Out at Japan’s Former PM Abe Over Taiwan Warning
By Associated Press
Abe Shinzo’s pointed comments on Taiwan drew an angry reaction from Beijing.
September 04, 2021
Suga Bows Out of Party Vote, Paves Way for New Japan Leader
By Mari Yamaguchi
The Liberal Democrats and their coalition partner have a majority in parliament. Whoever wins the September 29 party vote is likely to become the new prime minister.
December 25, 2020
Abe Apologizes, But Isn’t Charged for Cherry Blossom Scandal
By Associated Press
Prosecutors investigated whether Abe, his aide and two executives from his political support group had subsidized the party fees in violation of campaign and election funds laws.
October 10, 2020
After Abe, Will Press Freedom Improve in Japan?
By Henry Laurence
New Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide is widely seen as a continuity choice. Will he change course on media freedoms?