Japan Finally Gets Inflation—but the Wrong Kind
After decades of fighting deflation, global price rises are causing political worries.
‘Drive My Car’ Could Change Japanese Cinema Forever
The Japanese film is up for an Academy Award at this year’s Oscars.
Japan Reconsiders COVID-19 Rules as Omicron Fills Hospitals
Tokyo’s policies have been strikingly successful but may now be outdated.
Japan’s New Prime Minister Takes On Abenomics’ Legacy
Fumio Kishida’s new populist measures look to shrink inequality and stir a sluggish economy.
The Good, the Bad, and the Bimyou
Neither yes nor no, this idea can take you far in Japanese politics.
Biden’s Democracy Summit Success Now Depends on Allies
In Asia, the door is wide open to new partnerships bolstering democratic norms.
Japan’s Foreign Minister Faces Tough Calls on China
Yoshimasa Hayashi breaks the pattern of factional appointments.
The Small Pacifist Party That Could Shape Japan’s Future
The Komeito party will be a key player in the new government.
Japan’s Lower House Elections Will Decide Kishida’s Fate
A “revolving door” premiership would have consequences both at home and abroad.
Who Will Win the Global War for Talent?
After the Great Lockdown will come the next Great Migration.
Fumio Kishida’s Principles Are About to Be Put to the Test
Japan’s new prime minister is the moderate face of a party dominated by its right wing.
Japan’s Ruling Party Picks the Safe Option
The right lost the leadership elections, but a hawkish swing is still possible.
Japanese Prime Minister Suga Has No Clear Successor
Convoluted voting and elite splits mean the top job is up for grabs.
New Cruise Missile Gives North Korea Lethal Capability
The long-range weapon could strike South Korea, Japan, and U.S. bases in the region.
Japan Is the Middle East’s Most Credible Player
Tokyo’s long-standing, quiet diplomacy has built trust Washington lacks.