Abe and Putin seem determined to reach a deal on decades-old territorial dispute.
For Leonid Bershidsky's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Commentators and politicians see the mixed outcome as evidence that Americans would back Trump for a second term.
His shredding trick demonstrates the street artist's talent for exploring the ways in which people value art.
The Kremlin is having second thoughts about jailing people for silly social media posts it calls "extremist." It wants to look scary, not ridiculous.
The election was a warning to centrists to do more to integrate immigrants.
The Kremlin isn't completely unresponsive to popular opinion, but it won't tolerate dissent that demands radical change.
A new narrative from a former vice president paints Yeltsin as a tool of the U.S. in thwarting the 1991 coup by hardliners.
Studies in the U.S. and Germany link Facebook and Twitter with xenophobic crime.
Could the U.S. be going too far with the weaponization of its economic advantage? For now, Turkey, Russia and Iran are powerless against the dollar's dominance, even with China's help.
The U.S. has made nice with North Korea and Putin, but kept Iran in the firing line.