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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with Chadian President Idriss Déby during the opening of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Nairobi on Aug. 27, 2016.

Japan Is Taking on China in Africa

With more strategic investments, Japan may hold a key to sustainable development on the continent.

South Korean protesters participate in a rally to denounce Japan's new trade restrictions on South Korea in front of the Japanese embassy on August 03, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea.

Japan Started a War It Wasn’t Ready to Fight

Tokyo picked a trade brawl with Seoul—but wasn't prepared for the inevitable blowback.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speak during a press conference at the Parliament of New South Wales in Sydney on Aug. 4.

Pacific Tour Tests New Pentagon Chief

Mark Esper sets out to persuade U.S. allies in Asia that the United States has their back.

Chinese flags are displayed in Chaoyang Park in Beijing on Sept. 30, 2006.

The Asian Century Is Over

Beset by conflicts, stagnating economies, and political troubles, the region no longer looks set to rule the world.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands at the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 29.

The World This Weekend

Japan and South Korea continue a historic dispute while Turkey exits the F-35 program amid tensions with the United States.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) walks with France's President Emmanuel Macron during an official ceremony at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on June 26, 2019. (Photo by Blondet Eliot / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read BLONDET ELIOT/AFP/Getty Images)

France Is Looking for New Allies in Asia

Eager to project its power in the Indo-Pacific, the country has doubled down on Japan and India.

Protestors sit next to a statue symbolizing former "comfort women," who were forced into sexual slavery by Japan during World War II, during a weekly rally near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Jan. 10, 2018.

Japan’s Trade War Is as Futile as Trump’s

Tokyo’s temper tantrum over history is mostly hurting itself.

South Korean officials enter the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry in Tokyo to hold talks with their Japanese counterparts on July 12.

Why Are Japan and South Korea at Each Other’s Throats?

A trade dispute has widened into a full-blown relationship crisis—and the shadow of World War II hangs over it all.

U.S. President Donald Trump sits next to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 28.

China and Japan’s Pragmatic Peace

Facing U.S. unpredictability, both countries have decided that they’re better off working together.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a state dinner in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017.

Xi-Trump G-20 Meeting Produces Trade Truce

China and the United States signal another truce in the trade war, but existing tariffs--and seemingly irreconcilable demands--still remain.

A woman holds a portrait of a former South Korean “comfort woman,” one of those who were forced by Japan’s military into sexual slavery during World War II, at a rally to mark National Liberation Day in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Aug. 15, 2018.

The United States Needs Japan-South Korea Reconciliation

This weekend's G-20 efforts are likely to flop as old quarrels emerge.

South Korean protesters sit near a statue of a teenage girl symbolizing former "comfort women", who served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II, during a weekly anti-Japanese demonstration in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul on November 21, 2018.

Tokyo Keeps Defending World War II Atrocities

Japan's legal excuses over slave labor are weak at best.

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