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January 3, 2018

Japan
Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force tanks take part in an annual training session with Mount Fuji in the background at Higashifuji training field in Gotemba, Japan August 24, 2017. Nationalism, Japan, and a Changing Asia

Japan’s choices in a changing Asia will define the region’s future and will have tremendous impact on U.S. policy in Asia. Japanese today, like their neighbors on the Korean peninsula and in China, a…

August 3, 2017

Japan
Japan's new Internal Affairs Minister Seiko Noda and new Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Ken Saito leave Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence on August 3, 2017. Abe Cabinet #3: An LDP Team Effort

For the third time since he returned to power in 2012, Shinzo Abe has reshuffled his cabinet. This time, however, far more depends on his personnel choices. Support for Abe in media polls dropped pre…

November 5, 2017

Japan
Podcast South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sit at the start at the start of the "retreat meeting" on the first day of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. Episode 3: The Divide Between Japan and South Korea

Professor Yoshihide Soeya describes how Japanese society has grappled with this complex bilateral relationship and how the new Korean administration might change the equation for Japan. 

December 21, 2016

Japan
Abe and Obama: Reconciliation and the Rebalance

The meeting of U.S. and Japanese leaders in Pearl Harbor will be a reminder of the remarkable journey that transformed the two countries from adversaries to allies.

August 11, 2016

Japan
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…

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 …

January 19, 2016

Japan
Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party Chairperson and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen and vice presidential candidate Chen Chien-jen greet supporters during a final campaign rally ahead of the elections in Taipei What’s Next for Japan-Taiwan Relations

Ayumi Teraoka is research associate for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Taiwan’s presidential and Legislative Yuan elections on Saturday were closely monitored in Japan, where dee…

April 10, 2015

China
SouthChinaSea Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of April 10, 2015

Ashlyn Anderson, Lauren Dickey, Darcie Draudt, William Piekos, and Ariella Rotenberg look at the top stories in Asia today. 1. U.S. Secretary of Defense wraps up inaugural visit to Northeast Asia. R…

October 2, 2014

Trade
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe drives a rice planting machine at a a paddy field in Sendai Maclachlan and Shimizu: Shinzo Abe’s Tug-of-War With the Farm Lobby

Last week, ministerial negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) between Japan and the United States ended abruptly after the two sides failed to reach an agreement on key sticking points, …

September 5, 2014

India
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) talks with Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yuko Obuchi (L) and Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Sanae Takaichi as they prepare for a photo session at his official residence in Tokyo on September 3, 2014. (Toru Hanai/Courtesy Reuters) Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of September 5, 2014

Ashlyn Anderson, Lauren Dickey, Darcie Draudt, Andrew Hill, Will Piekos, and Sharone Tobias look at the top stories in Asia today. 1. Japan reshuffles Cabinet. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe res…