Japan's participation in any coalition in the Persian Gulf region is far from a foregone conclusion
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The Upper House election is unlikely to produce a significant change in the composition of the Diet, but it will still shape the near-term political landscape significantly.
There are still miles to go in Abe's endeavor, and no one should be judging the Japanese government this early in the process.
China aims to establish a situation of de facto co-administration of the Senkakus as a stepping stone to vying for sole administration at some point in the future.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to mediate between the U.S. and Iran is a logical move that could succeed in providing necessary off-ramps for the two countries.
Unfortunately for Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, job effectiveness is not the principle determinant in selecting the prime minister.
An inability on the part of the U.S. to adapt its negotiation strategy with North Korea will lead to a repeat of what we saw in Hanoi.
Last week's SCC meeting and joint statement put the allies on the right track, though not without a few noticeable speed bumps.
Japan is upgrading its military presence in the East China Sea in response to China's active challenging of Japanese sovereignty.
RAA negotiations are an epoch-making template for Japan's security relationships.