China's fear of losing North Korea to the Americans has receded.
The upcoming inter-Korean summit is laden with complexity and uncertainty.
Pyongyang's Olympic olive branch should be seen as a strategic victory for the regime and a blow to international efforts to wind back its nuclear program.
When they go to the polls, voters must rationally assess the successes and shortcomings of the LDP under Abe and what they mean for Japan's future.
Cool heads and clarity need to prevail to prevent an escalation in the North Korea crisis.
Amending the pacifist Constitution might be in Japan's national interest, but Abe will require plenty of skill if he is to extract himself and the country from the political quagmire of constitutional revision.
Compromise and diplomacy, not military might, has the greatest potential to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula.
North Korea has ramped up regional anxieties ahead of the U.S. secretary of state's visit to the region.
U.S. President Donald Trump's explicit support for Japan has partly allayed concerns over the U.S. security commitment to Japan and the region.
Upon returning to power in 2012, Abe has demonstrated his pragmatism to governance numerous times by adopting positions that both appeal to, but also upset his conservative base.