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Japan

Geopolitics

Japan’s Foreign Policy Shift in Response to the Ukraine War: Parallels with Taiwan

Thursday, June 16, 2022

An analysis of the security challenges Tokyo faces, particularly with China, given the possibility that Beijing may attempt to take control of Taiwan.

Population & Society

Covid-19 and Japan’s Evolving Work Culture

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Could the pandemic change Japan’s work culture for the better?

Geopolitics

A Coalition for Peace and Security: The Power of the Quad in the United Nations

Thursday, February 17, 2022

The Quad can be a strong coalition of influence within the United Nations that could counter China’s growing weight in the international organization.

Geopolitics

Covid-19, US-China Competition – and a Multipolar Future?

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

The pandemic has given rise to an unstable bipolarity that, if left to deteriorate, could pave the way to a multipolar future.

Geopolitics

Is Japan the Role Model for Middle-Power Diplomacy?

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Japan could demonstrate how a middle power can successfully set a path through the treacherous terrain of the great power rivalry.

Economy

The OECD Has Brokered a Global Tax Agreement – Should Asian Countries Care?

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Why did the announcement of the OECD's ground-breaking global minimum tax proposal have little effect on markets?

Geopolitics

Russia’s Greater Eurasian Partnership Strategy: Aims and Prospects

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Disruptions and disputes among the major powers with interests in the region should not hinder deeper cooperation if all players focus on trade and investment.

Geopolitics

Japan’s Taiwan Policy – Is Deeper Engagement the New Normal?

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Suga Yoshihide’s successor as prime minister will have to navigate a tricky environment.

Population & Society

The Tokyo Olympics and Japan’s Quest for Unity in Diversity

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Early results from surveys indicate that the pandemic-plagued Olympiad had little social impact among young Tokyo residents.

Population & Society

Earth’s Amphibious Transformation: Urbanizing Asia’s Seas

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Instead of focusing only on how to control the movement of water, cities should also embrace the ongoing “amphibious transformation” by adapting to life on water.

Geopolitics

Japan, the US and China: A Shared Olympic History

Thursday, August 12, 2021

A reflection on the possible implications of Tokyo 2020 on Beijing’s 2022 Winter Olympic Games and the future of China-US relations.

Geopolitics

Decoupling and Diversification: China, the Belt and Road, and the Supply Chain Resilience Initiative

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

A closer look at the initiatives to create alternate global supply chains that are durable, resilient and less reliant on China.

Geopolitics

Biden’s Indo-Pacific: The Good, the Bad – and the Unwieldy

Thursday, March 18, 2021

The pitfalls of a US Indo-Pacific strategy

Geopolitics

An Asian Century Is A Long Way Off

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Asia's economies cannot sustain high growth forever, social tensions are increasing and ageing government leaders lack the capacity to cope with critical challenges.

Geopolitics

After Trump’s Disruptions, Biden Has a Full Agenda in Asia

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The new president’s advantage, according to Mumbai-born journalist and author Salil Tripathi, is his experience and maturity.

Politics

From Abe to Suga: Japan’s Quest for Inspiring Leadership

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

While the longest-serving Japanese leader will rank high among the more memorable and effective of his predecessors, he tended to be more popular abroad than at home.

Geopolitics

After Covid-19, Japan Recalibrates its Foreign Policy

Thursday, July 2, 2020

The diminished prestige of China and the US will prompt Japan to step up engagement with like-minded powers to reinforce stability and the existing rules-based order.

Economy

Two Decades On, ASEAN’s Fragile Safety Net is Untested

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The purpose of the Chiang Mai Initiative should be renewed and deploying it would be a step towards ASEAN regional financial integration.