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June 24, 2011

Japan
Japan’s Reconstruction Planning

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan (2nd R) attends a cabinet meeting on environment and energy in Tokyo June 22, 2011. (Courtesy Reuters/Frank Robichon/Pool) Without a doubt, this is a complex moment…

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan (2nd R) attends a cabinet meeting on environment and energy in Tokyo June 22, 2011.

April 27, 2011

China
Japan Reawakens?

Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan (L), Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard (2nd L), Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (C), China's Premier Wen Jiabao (2nd R) and India'…

Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan (L), Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard (2nd L), Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (C), China’s Premier Wen Jiabao (2nd R) and India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh join hands during a photo opportunity as part of the 5th East Asia Summit in Hanoi October 30, 2010.

March 12, 2012

Japan
Japan’s Day of Remembrance

Yesterday, the Japanese people remembered the tragedy of March 11, 2011 as the nation looked back on the year since a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the northeastern Tohoku region. A large…

Child looks at candle flame during event to pray for reconstruction of areas devastated by March 2011 quake and tsunami, in Iwanuma.

April 15, 2011

Japan
Warning: Political Bickering Dangerous to Japan’s Health

Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan reacts he he feels an earthquake in the upper house of parliament in Tokyo on March 11, 2011. (Toru Hanai/Courtesy Reuters)   It has been a month since the terr…

Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan reacts he he feels an earthquake in the upper house of parliament in Tokyo on March 11, 2011.

March 7, 2011

Japan
Japan’s Loss

Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara told a news conference on Sunday he would resign following criticism for accepting political donations from a foreign national, the latest blow to unpopular Pr…

Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara told a news conference on Sunday he would resign following criticism for accepting political donations from a foreign national, the latest blow to unpopular Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s troubled government.

August 25, 2011

Defense and Security
The World Next Week: Peacekeepers for Libya?

The United Nations Security Council meets at the UN Headquarters in New York on July 13, 2011. (Mike Segar/courtesy Reuters) The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I talked about the UN …

The United Nations Security Council meets at the U.N. Headquarters in New York on July 13, 2011.

January 12, 2012

Japan
Japan’s “New Politics”: Tactics in the "Divided Diet"

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is about to reshuffle his Cabinet, and my friends here in DC are looking at me in amazement, asking “not again?!” Prime Minister Noda’s reshuffle brings some new faces i…

Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his cabinet members prepare to pose for a photo in Tokyo

December 22, 2011

Japan
Impressions of Japan, 2011

A Japan Self-Defense Forces officer smiles as he holds a four-month-old baby girl who was rescued along with her family members from their home in Ishimaki City, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, …

A Japan Self-Defense Forces officer smiles as he holds a four-month-old baby girl who was rescued along with her family members from their home in Ishimaki City, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area on March 14, 2011.

March 14, 2011

Japan
Japan Begins Recovery

President of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Tadateru Konoe walks among rescue workers searching through rubble in residential area of tsunami-hit Otsuchi. (Damir Sagolj/Courte…

President of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Tadateru Konoe walks among rescue workers searching through rubble in residential area of tsunami-hit Otsuchi

July 12, 2010

Japan
The Real Test for Japan’s Political Leaders Lies Ahead

Toru Hanai/Courtesy Reuters Ever since the DPJ swept into power last fall, these Upper House elections have been identified as the moment of popular evaluation for Japan’s new ruling party. But the…

The Real Test for Japan’s Political Leaders Lies Ahead