While Suga will be remembered most for his handling of COVID-19, his time in office also included actions that saw important policy outcomes during a period of severe challenges.
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The impasse may be an opportunity for both Washington and Tokyo to establish an alternative form of diplomatic relations with the North.
By hosting U.S. forces, Japan helps deter adversaries and serves as a key launching point for U.S. operations in the Indo-Pacific region.
At the height of his political power, now is an opportune time for Abe to attempt constitutional revision.
Japan's path back to a healthy economic footing will involve taking painful steps and the efforts of successive generations
Difficulties still abound in bilateral relations, but events of late may move Tokyo and Beijing toward increased cooperation.
The importance of providing legal clarity to decision-makers — especially during times of crisis — cannot be overstated.
Last week's summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in demonstrated a shared commitment to ridding Pyongyang of its nuclear weapons and ending its missile program.
It remains improbable at best that Beijing will see it in its interests to oblige North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to change course
The isolationist bent of the Trump administration is particularly ill-timed given Asia's looming security challenges.