At the height of his political power, now is an opportune time for Abe to attempt constitutional revision.
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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.
Human rights must not fall through the cracks among America's efforts in Asia under the Trump regime.
Given U.S. interests in Asia during a time of increasing tension, it is vital that the Trump administration show where it stands on key economic and defense issues affecting Tokyo and the broader region.
The next U.S. president will need to commit to a decades-long "surge" of new strategic thinking, diplomacy as well as military and commercial presence in the Asia-Pacific if it is to maintain its stabilizing influence in the region.