June 04, 2020
Japan’s Challenges Balancing National Security and Economics
By Michio Ueda
National security and economic interests are perhaps more tightly bound together than ever before.
May 27, 2020
Coronavirus or No, Japan’s Politics Remain Stuck
By Yusaku Yoshikawa
Despite strong disapproval of Prime Minister Abe’s COVID-19 response, the public sees little alternative to his continued governance.
May 25, 2020
Abe’s Popularity Plummets Amid Latest Controversy
By Thisanka Siripala
Abe’s approval ratings fell to a two-year low as online protests derailed the passage of a bill delaying the retirement age of prosecutors.
May 11, 2020
Is Japan Pulling Its Companies out of China?
By Shin Kawashima
A recent Japanese government policy is significant, but hardly a decoupling.
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.
May 02, 2020
What Will Tokyo’s Postponed Olympics Mean for Japanese Politics?
By Kristo Tamm
Shinzo Abe’s legacy is on the line.
April 23, 2020
COVID-19 Is a Test for World Leaders. So Far, Japan’s Abe Is Failing.
By Jeff Kingston
The pandemic has exposed feeble leadership on the part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
April 13, 2020
Japan’s Leader Slammed Over ‘Stay Home’ Shutdown Tweet
By Associated Press
"An elegant tweet despite a national crisis," blared a headline in the Nikkan Sports tabloid. "Abe the aristocrat!!"
April 06, 2020
Japan’s Prime Minister to Declare State of Emergency as Early as Tuesday
By Associated Press
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that he will declare a state of emergency for Tokyo and six other prefectures, but that there will be no hard lockdowns.
March 28, 2020
Japan’s Postponement of the Olympics: What Next?
By Ankit Panda
Also, the hosts discuss the reactions to the spread of COVID–19 in South Asia.
March 27, 2020
Why Japan Hesitated Before Postponing the 2020 Olympics
By Rupakjyoti Borah
Tokyo had to weigh its options carefully.
March 25, 2020
Japan’s Limited Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
By Hayden Marks
With limited testing and little interest in social distancing, Japan's coronavirus response is puzzling.