Revisiting the Obama-Hatoyama Relationship
By Gregory Kulacki
Interview: Alexis Dudden
By Emanuel Pastreich
Japan's Tangled Ties With Russia
By Mina Pollmann
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ishihara: Japan Needs Nukes
Outspoken Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara calls for Japan to build nuclear weapons to counter a rising China.
Another Okinawa Battle
Renewed construction in Okinawa has reignited debate over the US military. But is the time for talk over?
Hatoyama Blasts Kan Policy
Japan’s ex-prime minister says Japan should focus on improving Asian ties, and criticizes the latest Cabinet reshuffle.
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.