Elephants in the Room

5 Questions That Underpin Rex Tillerson’s Asia Trip

Good diplomacy is often about answering the questions that aren’t formally raised.

The Cable

Latest North Korean Missile Launch Sparks New Fears in Asia, Silence From White House

U.S. allies in Asia condemned the launch as an 'extremely dangerous action.'

Shadow Government

How to Get Tough on China, in Six Easy Steps

Trump promises to stand up to Beijing, but if he gets it wrong, the blowback could haunt his presidency.


Japan Prefers Robot Bears to Foreign Nurses

A country notoriously resistant to immigration is exploring the newest frontiers of elder-care.

The Cable

If Countries Could Send Each Other Valentine’s Day Greetings …

Roses are red, violets are blue, we wrote these imaginary international greetings for you.


Abe-Trump Meeting May Yield Clues On Trump’s Trade Vision

Japanese Prime Minister Abe is in Washington to see what, if anything, will replace the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Shadow Government

Can the U.S.-Japan Alliance Survive Trump?

Concerned. Anxious. Confused. Perplexed. These are the most common adjectives I heard in Tokyo last week from Japanese officials and experts who are trying to understand the Trump administration’s approach to foreign policy and what it might mean for them.

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