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East Asia Forum is a platform for analysis and research on politics, economics, business, law, security, international relations and society relevant to public policy, centred on the Asia Pacific region. It consists of an online publication and a quarterly magazine, East Asia Forum Quarterly, which aim to provide clear and original analysis from the leading minds in the region and beyond.

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2022/11/02 | East Asia Forum

Japan Warily Welcomes Back International Travelers

In his parliamentary speech in October, Kishida presented his plan to revive the Japanese economy, including a pledge to increase international tourist spending beyond the pre-pandemic high in 2019.

2021/10/07 | East Asia Forum

Hong Kong and the Future of Chinese-language Journalism

Young people are still joining journalism programs in Hong Kong despite the decline of press freedom. But will there be space for critical journalism when they are ready to publish?

2021/11/29 | East Asia Forum

Why There Are No Grand Alliances in Asia

A regional order that excludes one great power over the other may make sense geostrategically, but be unpalatable politically.

2022/01/17 | East Asia Forum

South Korea’s Transgender Community Pushes for Recognition and Acceptance

The issue of transgender discrimination was once again brought into the spotlight earlier in 2021, following the suicide of a soldier who was forcibly discharged from the military after a gender reassignment surgery.

2022/02/22 | East Asia Forum

A No-fly Zone Won’t Fly in Myanmar

As long as Myanmar’s junta enjoys the support of Russia and China, there is little chance that the UN would support the idea of a no-fly zone.

2021/02/18 | East Asia Forum

Political Repression and Authoritarian Legalism in Hong Kong

Defenders of Hong Kong’s legal system will insist that judicial independence is a prerequisite for the region’s continued wellbeing, but Beijing may reason that modern China has done well enough with its captive courts.

2023/01/16 | East Asia Forum

No International-backed End in Sight to the Misery in Myanmar

The most likely outcome in Myanmar is that longstanding hesitation about entanglement in a wider war will discourage foreign players from taking more aggressive, interventionist approaches.

2022/04/13 | East Asia Forum

The Russia–Ukraine Crisis and Japan’s Energy Dilemma

The war in Ukraine has led to renewed momentum for Japan to accelerate investment in energy efficiency, electrification, and renewables, which are being proposed as a solution to the global energy market turmoil.

2018/11/20 | East Asia Forum

OPINION: US-China Hostilities Risk Leaving US Economy Cold

A new Cold War was not inevitable but now that it's here the US would do well to focus on fostering its technological prowess.

2021/12/16 | East Asia Forum

All I Want for Christmas Is Supply Chain Resilience

The higher costs and lower reliability of international freight transport have been a problem since the start of the pandemic. Now, there are some signs that the worst is over.

2022/01/05 | East Asia Forum

Challenges Abound for Japan’s Kishida in 2022

Kishida’s new initiative called the “new form of capitalism” has been disappointing so far.

2021/01/19 | East Asia Forum

Rethinking Japan’s Refugee and Asylum Policy

Japan is unlikely to expand its refugee intake in the near future despite international criticism.

2021/02/05 | East Asia Forum

Protecting the Taiwan Strait in the 21st Century

Whether the U.S. should maintain strategic ambiguity or embrace strategic clarity on Taiwan is an important but distinct question. Neither policy stands a chance of long-term success without sustained U.S. military capabilities in the Asia Pacific.

2022/02/14 | East Asia Forum

Civic Rights for Foreign Residents Sparks Backlash in Japan

Voting rights for foreigners wasn’t an issue in Japan’s general elections last year, yet conservative mass media latched onto a proposal by the city assembly of Musashino in suburban Tokyo, making it an issue of national security.

2022/12/23 | East Asia Forum

Japan Steps Closer to Global Military Power

The loosening of arms exports controls and proposed increase of the national defense budget to 2% of GDP over time signal paradigmatic shifts in Japan’s security posture.

2021/12/08 | East Asia Forum

Coal Versus Money in Asia

China’s announcement that it will no longer support foreign coal-fired power plants will have little impact.

2022/09/19 | East Asia Forum

Yoon Scrambles To Restore Domestic Confidence

With approval ratings bottoming out at 24%, President Yoon Suk-yeol carried out the first reshuffle of his office, but it's too early to tell whether the move will restore domestic confidence in his presidency.