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Japan’s Challenges Balancing National Security and Economics
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.
Coronavirus or No, Japan’s Politics Remain Stuck
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.

Abe’s Popularity Plummets Amid Latest Controversy
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.

Is Japan Pulling Its Companies out of China?
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.

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.

COVID-19 Is a Test for World Leaders. So Far, Japan’s Abe Is Failing.
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.
Japan’s Leader Slammed Over ‘Stay Home’ Shutdown Tweet
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!!" 

Japan’s Prime Minister to Declare State of Emergency as Early as Tuesday
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.

Japan’s Postponement of the Olympics: What Next?
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.

Why Japan Hesitated Before Postponing the 2020 Olympics
March 27, 2020

Why Japan Hesitated Before Postponing the 2020 Olympics

By Rupakjyoti Borah
Tokyo had to weigh its options carefully.
Japan’s Limited Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
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.

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