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October 5, 2021

Japan
The Road Ahead for Japan’s New Prime Minister

Fumio Kishida won his party’s leadership election and yesterday Japan’s parliament voted him in as prime minister of Japan. 

Fumio Kishida, Japan's prime minister, speaks during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, October 4, 2021

September 27, 2021

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Can an Earthquake at the World Bank Rattle the IMF, Too?

The Doing Business report scandal has shaken confidence in the World Bank. The scandal's implications, however, don't stop with the bank.

IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva talks to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang before a news conference following the "1+6" Roundtable meeting at the Diaoyutai state guesthouse in Beijing, China November 21, 2019.

October 7, 2021

Diplomacy and International Institutions
World Bank-IMF Meetings, Czech Elections Amid Pandora Papers Leak, and More

The World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund hold their annual meetings, the Czech Republic holds closely watched elections in the wake of the Pandora Papers leak, and the Group of Twenty…

Podcast Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis talks with his fans during his campaign cruise with supporters on a ship at Brno Reservoir on October 01, 2021 in Brno, Czech Republic. The 2021 parliamentary elections in the Czech Republic will be held on October 7th and 8th.

May 27, 2021

Japan
Japan’s Difficult Summer

As the United States begins to see light at the end of the tunnel with COVID-19, Japan remains locked in its struggle with the pandemic.  On May 24, 2021, the Biden Administration raised the travel a…

Senior citizens wait to receive a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a large-scale coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination centre in Osaka, western Japan May 24, 2021

July 22, 2021

Japan
Japan’s Population Problem

The United States’ alliance with Japan is the centerpiece of U.S. security in Asia, but new demographic challenges from within Japan raise concerns about the future of the region.

Podcast Elder Japanese women on Japan's 'Respect for the Aged Day' at Tokyo's Sugamo district

February 24, 2021

Japan
How Japan Is Upgrading Its Military

Prime Minister Suga will keep working to upgrade Japan’s military amid increasing pressures from China, North Korea, and Russia.

April 1, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
Japan, South Korea, and the U.S. Talk North Korea, the IMF and World Bank Hold Spring Meetings, and More

Top security officials from Japan and South Korea meet with the new U.S. national security advisor, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank host their annual Spring Meetings virtually, a…

Podcast National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan listens during a virtual meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on March 1, 2021 in Washington, DC.

March 30, 2021

Japan
Japanese Court Puts Same-Sex Marriage on the Nation’s Agenda

Erin Gallagher is a research associate for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.   On March 17, three couples in Hokkaido won a landmark case in the Sapporo District Court. Thousan…

Plaintiffs' lawyers and supporters show a banner stating the ruling found the government measures unconstitutional, after a district court ruled on the legality of same-sex marriages outside Sapporo District Court

April 7, 2021

China
China’s Belt and Road Initiative Should Be on the World Bank and IMF’s Agenda

The Spring Meetings should address BRI’s pitfalls and advance policies to help put BRI countries on the path toward recovery and sustainable growth.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters building is seen ahead of the IMF/World Bank spring meetings in Washington, U.S. on April 8, 2019.

September 24, 2021

Technology and Innovation
Cryptocurrencies, Digital Dollars, and the Future of Money

The dizzying rise of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has created new challenges for governments and central banks. Some are responding by introducing their own digital currencies.

A technician inspects the backside of a bitcoin mining operation in Quebec, Canada.