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July 14, 2016

Japan
Kazuo Aichi Kazuo Aichi: Will the Japanese Change Their Constitution?

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.  The next four e…

July 1, 2014

Japan
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…

February 29, 2016

Japan
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 …

May 13, 2015

Japan
Play RTX1B6Q4_EC.jpg Who Is Shinzo Abe?

Experts discuss the leadership style, personality, and policies of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

November 18, 2014

Japan
Photo 2 Another Election in Tokyo

Snap elections are a staple of parliamentary democracy, and every now and then, ruling politicians decide that an election is needed to ensure that they continue to have a popular mandate if they cha…

December 30, 2013

China
Japan's PM Abe is led by a Shinto priest as he visits Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo Abe’s Yasukuni Visit: The Consequences?

On December 26, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made an official visit to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, drawing harsh criticism from Japan’s neighbors and a public rebuke from the U.S. Embassy in Toky…

April 26, 2013

China
Japan's deputy prime minister Taro Aso (2nd R) bows as he visits the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo April 21, 2013 (Kyodo/Courtesy Reuters). Why Resurrect the Divisive Politics of Yasukuni?

Just as I thought I could put the finishing touches on my book manuscript, Japanese Domestic Politics and the Rise of China (Columbia University Press), which has a chapter on Yasukuni, the issue eru…

April 13, 2006

Japan
Japan and Its Military

Japan’s constitution forbids a traditional military, allowing only a narrowly defined Self Defense Force, or SDF. Some experts now see acceleration in the longstanding movement to modernize and stren…