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May 8, 2012

Biden Politicizes Iran Policy

"When we took office, let me remind you, there was virtually no international pressure on Iran," Biden said. "We were the problem. We were diplomatically isolated in the world, in the region, in Euro…

July 1, 2014

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta addresses U.S. and Japanese forces at Yokota Air Base outside of Tokyo, October 24, 2011. The U.S.-Japan Security Alliance

The U.S.-Japan alliance has been the cornerstone of Washington’s security policy in East Asia, but rising threats from China, North Korea, and economic recovery raise questions about the future of th…

August 22, 2016

RTR127AI Ayumi Teraoka: Owning Our Constitution, Our Future

This blog post is part of a series entitled Will the Japanese Change Their Constitution?, in which leading experts discuss the prospects for revising Japan’s postwar constitution. Ayumi Teraoka is re…

August 11, 2016

resized-emperor The Wishes of the Heisei Emperor

On Monday, in a ten-minute video, Japan’s emperor spoke directly to his people, asking them to allow him to give up the throne prior to his death. In the closed world of Japan’s imperial family, wher…

April 12, 2016

RTX1XJ6N_Rokkasho-reseized Anti-Nuclear Sentiment and Japan’s Energy Choices

Daniel P. Aldrich is professor of political science and public policy and co-director of Northeastern University’s Security and Resilience Studies Program. After the Fukushima nuclear disaster on Ma…

February 29, 2016

RTX1S7T6_Option-C Post-Abe: Back to the Future for Japan?

James Gannon is executive director of the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)/USA, and Ryo Sahashi is associate professor at Kanagawa University and research fellow at the JCIE. Barely …

August 14, 2015

Shibuya_Abe_Asia Unbound Abe Focuses on Japan’s “Lessons Learned”

Prime Minister Abe Shinzo today presented his statement on the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II (WWII). Much anticipated and debated, this Abe Statement included the language of stat…

October 29, 2015

Play RTS5QUC_EC.jpg The Economics of Asia

Experts discuss the economics of Asia in the context of the U.S.-Japan relationship.

October 29, 2015

Play RTX1AJF5_EC.jpg The U.S.-Japan Alliance in the Twenty-First Century

Experts discuss the future of the U.S.-Japan relationship.

August 5, 2015

Rethinking Asia’s Postwar Settlement

The seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II is being marked in Northeast Asia by efforts to refresh—and revise—understandings of the brutal twentieth century war that laid the foundations o…