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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.
2018/08/07 | 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.
2016/12/20 | The Japan Times
Four Years of Abe in Power
Four years on, Abe’s grip on power seems as strong as ever. The question remains how and where he will use his ample political resources.
2017/04/25 | The Japan Times
Japan and the Ability to Strike Enemy Bases
If Japan has developed capabilities to attack enemy bases, the incentive for North Korea to hit Japan before Japan hits it would be even greater.
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.
2017/10/20 | Justin Reeves
This Weekend's Snap Election in Japan Explained
Reeling from scandals and local election defeat, 2017 had not been kind to Japanese Prime Minister and Liberal Democratic Party leader Shinzo Abe, but North Korean ballistic missile tests that flew over Japan rallied support for the incumbent leader and opened the door for a snap election on Oct. 22.
2017/01/06 | The Japan Times
Japan's Political Landscape in 2017
The Abe administration remains unchallenged within Japan, but a Trump presidency brings turbulence.
2016/12/19 | The Japan Times
A Step Forward for Japan-Russia Ties
Joint operations in the disputed islands off Hokkaido could help enhance Japan-Russia relations.
2016/12/08 | The Japan Times
Abe’s Tribute at Pearl Harbor
The sensitivities that surround a Japanese prime minister’s visit to Pearl Harbor — and a U.S. president’s visit to Hiroshima — remind us that reconciliation over the war is still an issue between Japan and the U.S.
2015/08/31 | Sid Weng
120,000 Japanese Surround the Capitol in Protest of New Security Bill
Opposers see the amendment as a "legislation of war" and are worried young people will be forced to go on the battlefield if Japan gets involved in international wars.