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September 9, 2020

Japan
Beginning the Post-Abe Era

Prime Minister Abe Shinzo will resign on September 16, two days after the LDP elects the next president of the party. His long tenure in office gave Abe the opportunity to leave his mark on his party…

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and former Defence Minister Shigeru Ishiba attend a speech session for the LDP leadership election in Tokyo.

September 1, 2020

Japan
Shinzo Abe’s Resignation, With Sheila A. Smith

Sheila A. Smith, senior fellow for Japan studies at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the consequences of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to step down. Smith most recently authored…

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

September 11, 2020

Afghanistan
What to Know About the Afghan Peace Negotiations

The Center for Preventive Action has compiled an accessible overview of the Afghan peace negotiations, including the U.S.-Taliban agreement, the U.S.-Afghan government joint declaration, and the ongo…

An Afghan man walks past a wall painted with a photo of U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 13, 2020.

April 6, 2020

Japan
Abe Declares National Emergency Over COVID-19

Prime Minister Abe today announced that he was placing seven regions of Japan, Tokyo and its neighboring prefectures of Saitama, Kanagawa, and Chiba, as well as Osaka, Hyogo, and Fukuoka under a stat…

A man wearing a protective face mask, following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), walks past a closed cherry blossom viewing spot during the first weekend after Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike (not pictured) urged Tokyo residents to stay indoors in a bid to keep the coronavirus disease from spreading, at Ueno park in Tokyo, Japan March 28, 2020.

May 19, 2020

Japan
Japan: An Opportunity in the Post-Corona World

This post is part of a series from Asia Unbound. The post is authored by Nobumasa Akiyama, a professor of International Politics in the School of International and Public Policy at Hitotsubashi Unive…

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Tokyo, Japan, May 14, 2020. Akio Kon/Pool via REUTERS

May 4, 2020

Coronavirus
Coronavirus: How Are Countries Responding to the Economic Crisis?

The coronavirus pandemic is slowing global commerce to a crawl, but many of the world’s largest economies are taking extraordinary actions to propel them through the crisis.

A pedestrian wearing a protective face mask amid the the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is reflected on a screen displaying stock prices outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, on March 17, 2020.

April 19, 2020

Globalization
Wearing the World Out

What’s the true cost of cheap clothes? Fast fashion has become a multibillion-dollar industry in recent decades, reshaping the world’s shopping habits. But the industry’s low prices disguise a stagge…

Podcast A pile of jeans

April 17, 2020

South Korea
Implications of South Korea’s Historic COVID-19 Elections

The scale of the Democratic Party’s victory virtually eliminates the ability of the opposition to obstruct major legislation.

National Election Commission officials count ballots for the parliamentary elections, amid the COVID-19 outbreak, in Seoul, South Korea, on April 15, 2020.

February 24, 2020

South Korea
Don't Gut the U.S.-South Korea Alliance

The OPCON transition plan should be put on the back burner or, better yet, scrapped altogether.

Members of South Korean and U.S. Special Forces enter a CH-47 Chinook during a joint military exercise conducted in Gangwon province, South Korea, on November 7, 2019.

January 15, 2020

North Korea
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2020: A Severe Crisis on the Korean Peninsula

This year, a severe crisis on the Korean Peninsula following the collapse of the denuclearization negotiations and renewed long-range missile testing was included as a top tier priority in the Center…

People watch a TV broadcast showing file footage for a news report in Seoul, South Korea, on October 31, 2019 on North Korea firing two projectiles, possibly missiles, into the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.