Japan’s Summer of Women

Three women have recently risen to high political positions in Japan’s famously closed society, but is the country really ready to embrace openness and inclusion?

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The Weird New Normal of Negative Interest Rates

The United States, Germany, and other economic powerhouses haven't learned the dire lessons of Japan's lost decades.


The Unfinished Legacy of Obama’s Pivot to Asia

The gridlocked TPP trade deal. Reclaimed islands in the South China Sea. North Korean nukes. How will history judge President Obama’s rebalance to Asia?


China Is Fueling a Submarine Arms Race in the Asia-Pacific

A damaging leak of data on India’s new submarine highlights how undersea warfare is at the heart of a regional contest for naval supremacy.


Empire of the Setting Sun

Shinzo Abe is trying to roll back nearly 70 years of Japanese pacifism, but is the country ready to be "normal" again?


Japan’s Reluctant Feminist

For the hawkish new governor of Asia’s biggest city, fighting for female empowerment was a necessity, not a calling.

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