November 27, 2015
Interview: Alexis Dudden
By Emanuel Pastreich
April 01, 2015
Japan's Tangled Ties With Russia
By Mina Pollmann
April 09, 2012
Can Japan Break the Iran Impasse?
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama is determined to break the impasse over Iran. But does Japan’s government welcome his initiative?
June 11, 2011
Knives Out (Again) in Japan
Naoto Kan’s days as premier look numbered, says veteran Japan watcher Karel van Wolferen. But who comes next is much less clear.
June 09, 2011
Japan's Depressing Squabbling
As Japan’s politicians squabble, the public is getting frustrated. Sadly, the DPJ can’t even put its own house in order.
April 11, 2011
Japan's New Deal Opportunity
As it recovers from disaster, Japan has a huge chance to tackle issues vital to its future security. But it will need leadership from the next generation.
March 30, 2011
Japan’s Political Tremors
The earthquake and tsunami were preceded by major tremors in the country’s political system. Their continuation will help shape post-disaster Japan.
March 08, 2011
Ishihara: Japan Needs Nukes
Outspoken Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara calls for Japan to build nuclear weapons to counter a rising China.
February 09, 2011
Another Okinawa Battle
Renewed construction in Okinawa has reignited debate over the US military. But is the time for talk over?
February 02, 2011
Hatoyama Blasts Kan Policy
Japan’s ex-prime minister says Japan should focus on improving Asian ties, and criticizes the latest Cabinet reshuffle.
January 25, 2011
Power Before the People?
Japan’s problems didn’t begin with the DPJ. If elections are to mean anything, a party needs a fair crack at the whip.
January 12, 2011
Japan’s Leadership Lifeline?
Should the DPJ introduce four-year terms for its party presidents in an effort to reduce the short-termism mentality?