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April 3, 2019

Japan Rearmed by Sheila A. Smith

Sheila A. Smith discusses her new book, Japan Rearmed: The Politics of Military Power.

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July 15, 2015

Japan’s Diet Uproar

Committee deliberations on the Abe cabinet’s new security legislation erupted into a spectacle of contention today as the ruling coalition used their majority to move their bill to the floor of the D…

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November 7, 2014

Japan and China Get to Yes on an Abe-Xi Summit

On November 7, Japan and China revealed they had reached an understanding on their differences that would allow for a resumption of diplomacy. After several years of a virtual shutdown in bilateral t…


September 24, 2007

Smith: Fukuda, A Moderate Japanese Prime Minister

Sheila A. Smith, a CFR adjunct senior fellow who lives in Tokyo, says Yasuo Fukuda, the new Japanese prime minister, is likely to be a moderate force in Japanese politics.

March 14, 2008

Strained Ties between China and Japan

Despite their deep economic ties, animosity between China and Japan periodically resurfaces over territorial, historical, and economic disputes.

April 26, 2013

Why Resurrect the Divisive Politics of Yasukuni?

Just as I thought I could put the finishing touches on my book manuscript, Japanese Domestic Politics and the Rise of China (Columbia University Press), which has a chapter on Yasukuni, the issue eru…

Japan's deputy prime minister Taro Aso (2nd R) bows as he visits the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo April 21, 2013 (Kyodo/Courtesy Reuters).

February 25, 2013

Post-Summit Decisions for Prime Minister Abe

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, returned to Tokyo this weekend after his first summit meeting in Washington with President Barack Obama. Post-summit, Abe faces two important economic decisions. T…

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe participates in a media conference at a Washington hotel

December 3, 2011

Adding Insult to Injury in Okinawa

Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa, left, apologizes to Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima December 2, 2011 (Tadashi Mizowaki/Courtesy to the Asahi Shimbun). It is difficult to write about the events of…

Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa, left, apologizes to Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima December 2, 2011 (Tadashi Mizowaki/Courtesy to the Asahi Shimbun)

January 12, 2012

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

November 25, 2008

Japan’s New Economic Challenge

CFR Senior Fellow Sheila A. Smith says Japan is well positioned to offer leadership on coping with the global financial crisis. But a domestic political stalemate, she says, threatens its ability to …