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One of the striking things about the past few decades of Japan’s economic history has been the fact that textbook macroeconomics could have predicted most of it....(full article)

The prospects for progress in inter-Korean relations are always dicey. The history of the two Koreas is littered with the shattered hopes of countless previous attempts at getting...(full article)

The January-June figures indicate that the number of births in 2014 may fall short of 1 million for the first time, and that deaths will likely outnumber births at a pace faster th...(full article)

If the much-talked-about summit between President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe becomes a reality, historical and territorial issues will likely top their ag...(full article)

A new system being considered by the government to guarantee a certain price for electricity generated by nuclear power — even after the retail sale of power is deregulated &...(full article)

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Modi Shrewd in Foreign Policy - Walter Russell Mead, The National Interest

For the time being, India is certainly making out well from Xi and Abe’s competition for its affections....

Repairing Beijing-Tokyo Ties - Japan Times

Japan and China must take urgent steps to avoid the accidental development of an uncontrollable situation in the East China Sea....

China's Creeping Invasion - Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

Unable to modernize Russia’s economy or satisfy its middle class, Putin has made a risky bet that nationalist adventurism will sustain his regime. Xi, in contrast, appears to...

Most Chinese Expect War With Japan - Zachary Keck, The Diplomat

A majority of Chinese believe their country will go to war with Japan in the future....

Japan's Push for Security Council Seat - Clint Richards, The Diplomat

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s tour of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka that began on Saturday is already bearing fruit in the security and economic spheres. The most important security d...

Japan's Goal: Earthquake Prediction - Sandi Doughton, Seattle Times

In the U.S., “prediction” has been a bad word among earthquake scientists. But recent quakes have reopened the debate — including about the value of iffy forecast...

India's Foolish Crush on Japan - Pankaj Mishra, Bloomberg

Narendra Modi, India’s new prime minister, visited Japan twice during his long decade of ostracism by the West. He is one of only three people that Shinzo Abe follows on Twitte...

Ending East Asia's History Wars - Yuriko Koike, Project Syndicate

Japan and South Korea need to take responsibility for the future, not obsess about the past. A recent Japanese government white paper called South Korea the country “that sha...

Italy & Japan: Troubled Twins of Globalization - Joji Sakurai, Yale Global

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...

How WWII Could Have Ended - Gregory Clark, Japan Times

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...

Asia's Never-Ending War - Boston Globe

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...

Calling Gordon Gekko: This Is Japan - Noah Smith, Bloomberg View

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...

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...

The Challenges Facing Abenomics - Financial Times

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...

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...

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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