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British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) shakes Shinzo Abe's (R) hand in Tokyo on August 31, 2017. (KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

Shinzo Abe Just Pulled a Theresa May

Japan's prime minister called an early election to strengthen his mandate — and gave an opening to a serious new challenger.

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Abe Dissolves Japan’s Parliament Ahead of Snap Elections

The prime minister will face a new political threat from the “Party of Hope.”

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19:  President Donald Trump speaks to world leaders at the 72nd United Nations (UN) General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on September 19, 2017 in New York City. This is Trump's first appearance at the General Assembly where he addressed threats from Iran and North Korea among other global concerns.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Trump’s Belligerent Talk on North Korea Rattles Turtle Bay

Talk of “destroying” Pyongyang has unsettled what was near-unanimity in reining in the Hermit Kingdom.

SANLIURFA, TURKEY -  OCTOBER 28: (TURKEY OUT)  Kurdish refugee children from the Syrian town of Kobani look on near makeshift tents in a camp in the southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province October 28, 2014. Kurdish fighters, supported by US-led air strikes, have fended off the Islamic State militants offensive into the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani for the last 44 days but remain ill equipped and short on ammunition. (Photo by Kutluhan Cucel/Getty Images)

Millions Said To Be Missing in Pledged Donations to Syrian Refugee Education

Only a fraction of promised international aid has reached Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon, a rights group says.

Pedestrians watch the news on a huge screen displaying a map of Japan (R) and the Korean Peninsula, in Tokyo on August 29, 2017, following a North Korean missile test that passed over Japan.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on August 29 that he and US President Donald Trump agreed to hike pressure on North Korea after it launched a ballistic missile over Japan, in Pyongyang's most serious provocation in years. / AFP PHOTO / Toshifumi KITAMURA        (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)

North Korea’s Nuclear and Missile Tests Are Aimed at Splitting Its Rivals

Can Japan, South Korea, and the U.S. stand firm against Pyongyang's efforts to drive wedges among them?

GOTEMBA, JAPAN - AUGUST 24:  A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) Type 74 battle tank fires ammunition during a live-fire exercise at the foot of Mount Fuji in the Hataoka district of the East Fuji Maneuver Area  on August 24, 2017 in Gotemba, Shizuoka, Japan. The four-day annual live-fire drill takes place amid rising tensions between North Korean and United States.  (Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

Japan’s Empty Menu of Options to Stop North Korea

Hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seems to have few choices save strong words of condemnation for the Kim regime’s missile tests. But he’s working the long game.

CHANGI NAVAL BASE, SINGAPORE:  In this released U.S. Navy handout, damage to the portside is visible as the Guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) steers towards Changi Naval Base, Republic of Singapore, following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21. Significant damage to the hull resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms. Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding. The incident will be investigated. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

U.S. Navy Pauses After Losing Two Guided Missile Destroyers in Pacific

After several accidents and collisions this year, the Navy is trying to figure out what is going on.

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 17:  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (2ndR), Defense Secretary James Mattis (R), shake hands with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono (2ndL) and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera (L), during a meeting of the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee at the State Department, on August 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Tokyo and Washington Have Another Nuclear Problem

There’s a plutonium arms race brewing in East Asia that could see China, Japan, and South Korea with the capability to make tens of thousands of nuclear weapons.

TOPSHOT - Damage is seen on the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald off the Shimoda coast, after it collided with a Philippine-flagged container ship, on June 17, 2017.
Seven US sailors were missing and a skipper injured after their Navy destroyer collided with a container ship off the coast of Japan early on June 17, with the badly damaged US vessel partially flooded. / AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / STR / Japan OUT        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

USS Fitzgerald Investigation Puts Navy at Fault for Deadly Collision

An initial probe finds that the ship’s crew “should have spoken up” earlier.

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Why didn’t Japanese subs raid U.S. West Coast shipping during World War II?

That thought occurred to me the other day whilst reading about Japanese operations during the war.

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As America Retreats, the World Moves Forward on Trade

American companies might not feel it yet, but they’re already falling behind their foreign competitors.

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Japanese Retail Giant to Stop Selling Ivory

But without a significant turnaround, elephants could be on their way to extinction.

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