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Kazuto Suzuki
Economic security has evolved to include offensive measures, such as industrial policy. Countries like Japan are increasingly on-shoring strategic industries such as semiconductors, regardless of the cost.
COMMENTARY / Japan / Geoeconomic Briefing
May 7, 2024
The shift from economic security to geoeconomics
Economic security started out as a defensive concept, but it has now been weaponized to include an offensive element, morphing into a geoeconomic tool.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World / Geoeconomic Briefing
May 25, 2023
Why the G7 has significance as a collective economic defense mechanism
As the G7 chair and as a country taking economic security policy measures ahead of others, Japan is in a position to take a leadership role and help work against economic coercion.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World / Geoeconomic Briefing
Jan 31, 2023
Why the semiconductor competition between the U.S. and China is significant
Washington is trying to strengthen the superiority of the U.S. and other Western countries in areas of technology so that it becomes difficult for China to catch up.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World / Geoeconomic Briefing
Oct 3, 2022
How effective are the West's sanctions on Russia?
With Russia still able to sell crude oil and gas to other nations, the country is still pulling in money to fund its war in Ukraine, leaving the real effect of economic sanctions unclear.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan / Geoeconomic Briefing
Aug 11, 2022
How Shinzo Abe left a legacy for Japan in geoeconomics
As well as being instrumental in the establishment of the 'Quad' grouping, Abe was key to Japan's work on setting up the CPTPP trade agreement.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan / Geoeconomic Briefing
Aug 4, 2022
What role should Japan play as the Russia-Ukraine war shakes the international order?
Executives of the Asia Pacific Initiative discuss the part Tokyo should play as Russia's invasion of Ukraine approaches six months.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World / Geoeconomic Briefing
Jul 26, 2022
Why sanctions are failing to stop Russia's attack on Ukraine
While Russia seems wary of interventions by the U.S. or NATO, and is trying to avoid them, economic sanctions placed on Moscow have done little to halt the war.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World / Geoeconomic Briefing
Jul 19, 2022
Will the war in Ukraine change the international order?
While the conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues, Japan must remain actively engaged if it is to help protect a functioning global system.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan / Geoeconomic Briefing
Jun 27, 2022
After 50 years of China-Japan economic ties, what comes next?
From the separation of politics and economy to the principle of economic security, the two countries have tried to maintain trade and exchange despite numerous obstacles.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan / Geoeconomic Briefing
Dec 3, 2021
What Japan needs to do to boost its economic security
Through its Strategic Headquarters on the Creation of a New International Order, the ruling LDP is hoping to ensure Japan's economy can weather any storm.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan / Geoeconomic Briefing
Oct 12, 2021
How Japan and the U.S. should approach Taliban-ruled Afghanistan
While Washington has financial sanctions to wield, Tokyo has the chance to offer the Afghan people humanitarian assistance.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan / Geoeconomic Briefing
Jul 20, 2021
Pandemic shows Japan needs to figure out how to learn and prepare
Last-minute efforts to deal with COVID-19 vaccinations highlight a national lack of strategy and foresight.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World / Geoeconomic Briefing
Jun 6, 2021
COVID-19 shows that Japan needs to rebuild its infectious diseases strategy
The development of homegrown vaccines must be treated as a national security issue, to help fight future pandemics.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan / Geoeconomic Briefing
Mar 10, 2021
Japan’s lack of preparedness: Lessons from Fukushima and COVID-19
Abrupt decisions, poor information dissemination and a lack of foresight hampered efforts to assist the country through crises.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Apr 28, 2020
COVID-19 strategy: The Japan model
The nation has a comparatively low mortality from COVID-19 despite the absence of a strict lockdown.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jan 22, 2020
The U.S.-Iran crisis and Tokyo's response
Stability in the Persian Gulf region is crucial for Japan's energy security.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Dec 10, 2019
Japan's Iran dilemma
Regional tensions require Tokyo to make a delicate compromise.

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