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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.

2020/11/23 | East Asia Forum

Can Suga Lead on Japanese Foreign Policy?

Suga can be one of the many typical post-war premiers who focuses on domestic policy, but the regional security environment around Japan will not allow this indefinitely.

2020/11/17 | East Asia Forum

The Shifting US Position Over the Senkaku Islands

With U.S. commitment to help defend the Senkaku Islands, the question Japan now faces is whether it will be drawn deeper into the increasingly hostile U.S. policies toward China, a country that happens to be Japan’s largest trading partner.

2020/09/15 | The Interpreter

The Making of Prime Minister Suga

Shinzo Abe's “Mr. Fix-It” has the top job. Will he make his own mark in a country famed for its revolving door of PMs?

2020/08/28 | Deutsche Welle

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Announces Resignation

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he is stepping down for health reasons. He has suffered from the chronic illness ulcerative colitis for years.

2020/07/06 | Deutsche Welle

Japan's 'Most Powerful' Woman Wins Second Term as Tokyo Governor

Tipped to be the first female prime minister of Japan, Yuriko Koike has been re-elected for a second term as governor of Tokyo. The former defense minister has been praised for the capital's response to the pandemic.

2020/03/03 | Global Voices

Japan Has Three Months to Decide Fate of 2020 Olympics

Battered by criticism, the Shinzo Abe administration scrambles to save Japan from the COVID-19 outbreak before the Olympics is due.

2019/05/14 | Xiaochen Su

Emperor Akihito Was a Force for Peace in an Increasingly Nationalistic Japan

The now-bygone Heisei imperial era marked an impressive internal resistance to Japan's rising right-wing forces.

2018/08/20 | Policy Forum

OPINION: Differing Strategic Visions in the Indo-Pacific Cloud the Region's Future

India, Japan and the US all have different ideas about what the Indo-Pacific means, casting doubt over its future as a concept.

2018/08/07 | Policy Forum

ANALYSIS: Japan Is Finally Entering the Indo-Pacific Arena

Japan has hesitated to assert itself in the Indo-Pacific, a region increasingly dominated by Chinese influence. It may want to avoid its tradition 'value-oriented diplomacy' and the temptation to lock horns with China.

2018/03/15 | Purnendra Jain and Takeshi Kobayashi

Hereditary Politics Is Rife in Japan

The majority of candidates for top political posts in Japan come from families with a background in government.

2017/11/05 | Malcolm Cook

Duterte Basks in 'Golden Age' of Philippines-Japan Relations

The continued Japanese generosity led President Duterte to declare the dawn of a 'golden age in the strategic partnership' between the two countries.