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Asia Pacific Economics

The Japan-EU Trade Agreement: Pushing back against protectionism

Japan and the EU have agreed to a trade deal that will eliminate the vast majority of both tariff and non-tariff barriers.

Asia Pacific Europe

Assessing the outcome of the “Hot Springs Summit”

Despite a lack of breakthrough on the return of the Kuril Islands, Abe likely came away with more to help Japan in light of its interests down the road.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

US hikes rates. South Korea holds security talks. Concerns grows over Sudan. The European Council meets. Putin and Abe discuss deal. All in The Week Ahead.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders continue reunification talks. Japanese Premier meets with Argentine President to improve economic ties. OPEC meets to discuss oil deal. German right-leaning parties flesh out their future.

Asia Pacific Politics

Will Obama’s “Pivot to Asia” end with his presidency?

Obama’s pivot should have represented a shift in US foreign policy. The end of his presidency puts the future of the pivot into question.

Asia Pacific Politics

Why Emperor Akihito’s wish to retire angers PM Abe

Emperor Akihito’s desire to retire highlights tensions in Japan over constitutional changes, notably PM Abe’s effort to drop the pacifist clause.

Asia Pacific Politics

Will first female Tokyo Governor boost women in workforce?

New Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has played a key role in Japan’s “womenomics” policies—how might her administration impact gender inequality?

Asia Pacific Security

Japan’s defense procurement boosts national security and industry

Japan’s role in regional defense procurement has steadily grown since 2014— fostering closer ties with nations wary of Beijing and boosting local industry.

Asia Pacific Security

Japan needs its own agenda to better trade ties with Russia

Recently, Sergey Lavrov visited Japan to discuss bilateral cooperation. The visit’s real aim was to stress the value to Russia of a more independent Japan.

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

Five years after Fukushima, Japan’s nuclear sector still frozen

Half a decade and billions of dollars after the Fukushima disaster, Japan’s nuclear sector remains frozen. Is there hope for a successful restart? Before 2011, nuclear power accounted for roughly