There has been a fundamental shift in the dynamics surrounding bilateral ties, with both sides hardening their approach.
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On Friday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his intention to resign. Ulcerative colitis — an ailment that took him out of office when he first became prime minister more than a decade ago — has claimed his tenure once again, with Abe’s announcement surprising many ...
With both militaries having to fight the pandemic alongside their existing operations, how can Japan and the U.S. keep deterrence robust?
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's legacy depends on how he addresses the challenges raised by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The government has come in for some well-earned criticism for its initial response to COVID-19. It must do better.
This year's U.S. presidential election could serve as an existential shock that Japanese politics may desperately need to revitalize itself, forcing a generational change in political leadership that is long overdue.
2020 promises to be a challenging year for Abe as Japan's top diplomat.
A series of external and internal challenges await the nation, and the years ahead looking anything but hopeful.
By continuing to freeze the bilateral relationship, the two countries prevent themselves from pursuing policy issues that are critical to their futures, including the endgame for the denuclearization of North Korea.
Seven years and over 80 overseas visits later, Abe has no tangible foreign policy achievements and there is little prospect of this reality changing.