Yoichi Funabashi

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The post-Brexit 'German question'

Commentary / World Feb 10, 2020

The post-Brexit 'German question'

Brexit will influence the future direction of not only the U.K. but Europe as well, and it seems likely that it will alter the power balance between Germany and France in particular.

Tokyo, Seoul and the weaponization of history

Commentary / Japan Oct 10, 2019

Tokyo, Seoul and the weaponization of history

In July, Japan tightened its control of exports of certain materials for semiconductor production to South Korea. On Aug. 28, the government took further action and removed South Korea from its whitelist of nations granted preferential trade procedure. South Korea responded to these actions by ...

Commentary / Japan Jun 11, 2019

'An unnatural intimacy'

Just as in the prewar and postwar periods, the vital question with regard to the future of U.S.-Japan relations is that of how to confront and manage relations with China.