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January 31, 2023

Japan
Japan Rearmed, With Sheila Smith

Sheila Smith, the John E. Merow senior fellow for Asia-Pacific studies at the Council, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the reasoning behind Japan’s new defense strategy and the Japanese go…

Podcast U.S. Marines and Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) soldiers during Iron Fist 22 exercise training at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California, U.S.

January 14, 2023

Japan
Don’t Overlook Japan’s Diplomatic Heft

It has been a busy week in Washington, DC.

Kishida and Biden walk side by side in dark suits on a sunny outdoor colonnade. Both are smiling, and Biden is gesturing with his hands as he speaks.

January 13, 2023

Japan
Japan After Abe: Kishida’s Challenges

Panelists discuss Japan under Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s leadership and examine Japan’s domestic challenges, security posture in the face of escalating geopolitical tensions, and regional economi…

Play Kishida stands in front of Abe campaign poster

December 20, 2022

Japan
How Japan Is Doubling Down on Its Military Power

Japan’s new national security strategy and related defense plans herald a major military modernization effort in response to perceived threats in Northeast Asia, particularly China.

Military vessels sail in Sagami Bay during the International Fleet Review, held by Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force.

January 16, 2023

Japan
The Disappearing Japanese Bid for Global Bonds

The rise in Japanese holdings of foreign bonds had an enormous impact on global markets between 2011 and 2020. The markets will now have to adapt to a sustained reduction in Japanese demand.

The Disappearing Japanese Bid for Global Bonds

December 14, 2022

Japan
Financing Japan’s Defense Leap

Prime Minister Kishida's strategic review will be announced this week.

PM Kishida, in a dark suit, walks facing the camera between two rows of saluting soldiers.

January 12, 2023

Brazil
Attack on Brazil’s Capital, Japan’s PM Visits Washington, Czech Presidential Election, and More

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva confronts the challenges posed by riots in the capital, Brasília; Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio visits U.S. President Joe Biden to discuss U.S.-J…

Podcast Aftermath of Brazil's anti-democratic riots

October 4, 2022

Monetary Policy
As Global Recession Looms, a Perilous Moment for Central Banks

Many central banks are navigating turbulent waters as they battle inflation, a strengthening dollar, and an energy crunch. Should they coordinate policy?

People walk past a sign outside a currency exchange office in London.

July 8, 2022

Japan
Japan's Shocking Loss

Former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo was assassinated on July 8.

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo speaks during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan.

July 26, 2022

Japan
Mixed Messages From Japanese Courts on Same-Sex Marriage

The Osaka District Court ruled against the constitutionality of same-sex marriage in Japan while local government in Tokyo increased access to same-sex civil partnerships this summer.

The four plaintiffs, two men and two women, walk down a sidewalk holding a banner calling for marriage equality in Japan, followed by a small group of supporters.