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Japan and Italy are major developed economies that are struggling mightily with the trade-offs between preserving a way of life and adopting reforms - such as inviting foreign work...(full article)

August 15, 1945, is the much-remembered date of Japan’s surrender in World War II. But that date could have been much later. On a recent visit to Australia, I discovered an a...(full article)

In the eyes of many Japanese, especially the right-wing voters who helped elect Abe, the annual controversy over visits by Japanese politicians to the shrine seems unfair. It honor...(full article)

In general, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has proposed a good package of structural reforms for Japan’s economy. It remains to be seen how many he will be able to ram through the...(full article)

In December 2012 Shinzo Abe was returned to power in Japan, pledging to revive his country’s economy after a long period of stagnation. Nearly two years on, the Japanese prim...(full article)

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Japan's Glut of Unoccupied Houses - Japan Times

The number of unoccupied houses throughout Japan keeps growing and is now estimated to have reached a record 8.2 million — or roughly one in every seven houses in this country. W...

Can Asia's 'Middle Powers' Create Stability? - Mohan & Medcalf, TNI

In a changing Asia, not even steadfast allies like Australia can afford to put all their eggs in the alliance basket. Thus in a new research paper, we argued that it is time for n...

Japan's Economy Takes a Turn for the Worse - Kevin Williamson, NRO

The economy of Japan, long stagnant, has taken a sharp turn for the worse: It contracted nearly 7 percent (annualized and inflation-adjusted) in the quarter ending in June. By way ...

Japan Needs More Jim Beam - William Pesek, Bloomberg View

Japan needs more gusty moves overseas. In this regard, few even come close to SoftBank's Masayoshi Son. This week, local media circled Japan's second-richest man to chronicle his c...

Ulysses S. Grant's East China Sea Diplomacy - James Holmes, The Diplomat

While on a post-presidential trip to Asia, General Grant mediated Sino-Japanese talks over the Ryukyu Islands....

Shinzo Abe's Hollow Asia Diplomacy - Sentaku Magazine

The Asia diplomacy of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has started showing signs of falling apart. Less than a year after returning to power in December 2012, he visited all 10 member cou...

Japan's Big Challenge: A Plummeting Population - John Traphagan, TNI

With projections of at least a 50 percent decline in the population through the end of this century, Japan has a population problem. In rural parts of the country, the challenges a...

Japan's Advice for America on Teaching Math - Walt Gardner, Japan Times

When it comes to math, students in the United States have trailed their counterparts in Japan on tests of international competition for so long that closing the gap seems utterly h...

Will the U.S. Really Defend Japan? - Paul Sracic, The Diplomat

If the unthinkable happens, and the dispute in the East China Sea between Japan and China over the Senkaku islands (called the Diaoyu islands by the Chinese) escalates into a milit...

Abe's Flawed Contingency Plan - Sentaku Magazine

“Should a contingency break out in a neighboring country, putting the lives of Japanese citizens trying to evacuate at risk, would it be right for the government not to do an...

A Plan to Save the East China Sea - Stewart Taggart, The National Interest

Disputed islands. Air identification zones. Incidents at sea. Arguments over history. These ongoing headlines obscure the real challenges of the East China Sea. These include inc...

The Death of the Great Bargain - Graeme Dobell, The National Interest

In 1972, Nixon and Mao met in Beijing to begin the Great Asia Bargain. Nixon called it the week that changed the world. The Republican and the Revolutionary ushered in a glorious...

Why Japan Is No Threat - Fontaine & Hornung, Japan Times

Nearly 70 years after the end of World War II, the danger to Asia does not stem from Japanese militarism. On the contrary, a more robust Japanese military posture will serve not as...

Abe Is Not Trying to Build a New Empire - Michael Auslin, Foreign Policy

Besides, do you really fear a strong, democratic Japan more than a strong, authoritarian China?...

Why China and Japan Could Fight - Hugh White, The National Interest

China’s primary aim is to strengthen its leadership in Asia and undermine America’s. The best way to do that without confronting America too directly is to weaken the a...

Abe's 'Womenomics': A Pipe Dream in Sexist Japan? - Richard Smart, Time

As the Japanese Prime Minister's government pushes economic reform, it faces a major challenge: uprooting a male-centric business culture....

Why Defending Taiwan Is Illegal - Julian Ku, The Diplomat

Under black-letter international law, Japan cannot use military force in Taiwan absent China’s consent, even if the Taiwan government requests its assistance. Why? Because t...

Tokyo's Subtle Revolution - Nick Bisley, The Diplomat

On July 1, the Japanese Cabinet issued an eight page document detailing a set of changes in the way Japan approaches its defense and security policy. At first glance the decision ...

Abe Pushing Beijing, Seoul Together - Japan Times

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s decision to hold a summit with South Korean President Park Geun-hye in Seoul without first visiting Pyonyang reflects the rapidly declining relatio...

The Changing Role of First Ladies - Yo-Jung Chen, The Diplomat

Slowly but surely, women are breaking through the glass ceiling of politics. While this of course is justly celebrated, relatively little attention is paid to a much more tradition...

Is New China the Old Japan? - Curtis Chin, Asia Times

As the sixth meeting of the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) takes place July 9-10 in Beijing, with US Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jacob...

China's Changing Position on Japan's History - Zachary Keck, Diplomat

In recent years, China has significantly hardened its stance on Japan acknowledging its imperial past. Why?...

Can Beijing & Seoul Become Strategic Partners? - Scott Snyder, Diplomat

China’s President Xi Jinping will complete an exchange of state visits with South Korean President Park Geun-hye in the space of a little less than a year. This is a remarkable...

Is Shinzo Abe Headed to North Korea? - J. Berkshire Miller, Nat'l Interest

Last week, senior Japanese diplomats met with their North Korean counterparts in Beijing to discuss progress on Pyongyang’s promise to reinvestigate cases of abducted Japanese na...

Japan & China Vie for 21st Century Dominance - Patrick Smith, Fisc. Times

A specter haunts the great powers of East Asia. It is the specter of ethnic chauvinism and a recrudescent nationalism one would have thought a thing of the past. With this comes th...

Identity, Not Ideology, Is Moving the World - Fareed Zakaria, Wash Post

In an age of globalization, elites have discussions about political ideology — more government, less government — but, as Samuel Huntington noted many years ago, the bottom-up ...

Asia's Military Revolution - Yoon Young-Kwan, Project Syndicate

A vast revolution in military affairs is taking place across East Asia. The latest signs are Chinese President Xi Jinping’s purge of General Xu Caihou, an ex-Politburo member...

Will Japan's Democracy Survive Abe? - William Pesek, Bloomberg View

Japan has every right to defend itself. It's been a good global citizen since 1945 and deserves a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council. If its people support a change in the...

The Ally America Needs - Dennis Blair, Politico Magazine

Japan’s moves away from pacficism are nothing to worry about -- in fact, they’re great for the United States....

Japan Takes a Step Away from Pacifism - The Economist

it took a war of attrition for Shinzo Abe, the prime minister, to win agreement to end a long-standing ban on Japanese troops coming to the aid of allies. But in the end, after mon...

Japan and the Limits of Military Power - New York Times

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has disturbed many in Japan and increased anxiety in Asia by reinterpreting his country’s pacifist postwar Constitution so that the military can play a ...

Shinzo Abe Guts Article 9 - Japan Times

The Abe administration, in a Cabinet decision made on Tuesday — the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Self-Defense Forces — changed the government’s longstanding i...

Understanding Japan's Military Shift - John Swenson-Wright, BBC News

The administration of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced a major new interpretation of the security provisions of the country's 1947 constitution, permitting its Self...

Japan at a Historic Crossroad - JoongAng Daily

The cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday approved the controversial right to “collective self-defense.” In an arbitrary re-interpretation of its decades-old pacifist ...

China Plays Good-Cop-Bad-Cop with Japan - Shannon Tiezzi, The Diplomat

As Clint reported earlier today, Shinzo Abe’s LDP has succeeded in reaching an agreement with New Komeito to lift the ban on Japan’s ability to engage in collective self-def...

Japan's Abe to Overturn Pacifist Article 9 - Justin McCurry, The Guardian

Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is to defy public opinion and announce a dramatic shift in the country's defence policy that would make it easier for its troops to fight in ove...

Japan Finally Apologizes to Its Women - Noah Smith, Bloomberg

To a naïve Western observer, this scene might look like just another day in the byzantine, hidebound world of Japanese politics. But I’ve been watching Japanese politics...

Japan's Historical Blinders - New York Times

At a time when constructive relations between Japan and South Korea are more important than ever to Asian security, the two countries, allies of the United States, have been unable...

Would Americans Die for Asia? - Harry Kazianis, The National Interest

Would Obama make the case to the American people that its men and women should give their lives to what many pundits would undoubtedly spin as a ploy to protect a bunch of rocks wi...

Japan's Trickery Won't Fool International Community - Korea Times

For the past several months, the Japanese government has racked its brain how to dilute, if not revoke, Tokyo's 1993 apology for the wartime sex slavery of foreign women. Friday's ...

Beijing Is Tempting Fate - Michael Mazza, The Diplomat

Why are Chinese forces acting so recklessly? The fact that Chinese military officers are repeating the same behaviors over and over again suggests that these are not the acts of ...

The World's Best Leader - Noah Smith, Bloomberg View

The rest of the world should be paying attention. For the first time in 25 years, Japan looks like it could be at the head of the international pack. It’s far from a done dea...

Why a Strong Japan Is Worrisome - Patrick Smith, Fiscal Times

“We’ve had a strong China and a weak Japan, and then a strong Japan and a weak China,” Pilling observes. “But we’ve never had a strong China and a str...

The East China Sea Boils - Jeffrey Hornung, The National Interest

China initially argued the Japanese aircraft entered an area where China and Russia were conducting joint naval exercises, thereby forcing China to scramble jets to meet the Japane...

Securing the Rule of Law at Sea - Shinzo Abe, Project Syndicate

Japan is in a better position than ever before to play a larger and more proactive role in ensuring peace in Asia and the world. We enjoy the explicit and enthusiastic support of o...

Nikkei Down Over 10 Percent

Asian shares tumbled Tuesday as Tokyo's stock benchmark plunged 11% on panic selling amid worries that a possible nuclear catastrophe in Japan would further complicate and endang...

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