Japan

A production still from Yasuke.

The Real Yasuke Is Far More Interesting Than His Netflix Show

Japan’s fascination with the true tale of a Black samurai goes back decades.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about climate change issues,

Biden Plans Big Pledge on U.S. Emissions Cuts

Washington wants to reclaim climate leadership and get other major countries to ramp up ambitions.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks during a press conference.

The Summit That Can’t Fail

Japan’s prime minister visits Washington at a time when, thanks to Chinese aggressiveness, U.S.-Japan relations are critical.

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (right) sits next to a monitor displaying a virtual Quadrilateral Security Dialogue meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden (top left), Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison (bottom left), and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (bottom right), in Tokyo on March 12.

Japan Toughens on China as Beijing Issues Threats

Pro-engagement politicians are aging out of the Liberal Democratic Party.

shinzo abe abiy ahmed

What Ethiopia Can Learn From Japan

Abiy Ahmed must return to his concept of “medemer” and reject the notion of politics as a zero-sum game.

Migrant workers protest for better labor laws in Tokyo.

Japan Mulls Closing Another Door to Refugees

A new amendment would make Japan’s strict immigration policies even stricter.

A still from Pacific Rim: The Black.

Small Stories in an Age of Giant Monsters

The new Netflix show “Pacific Rim: The Black” finally lives up to the franchise’s internationalist potential.

Protesters make the three-finger salute as security forces continue to crack down on demonstrations against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, on March 13.

The Quad Can End the Crisis in Myanmar

Experts are overlooking the powerful influence of New Delhi and Tokyo.

Indian Army soldier in Republic Day parade with Akash missiles.

China’s Neighbors Are Stronger Than We Think

All across the Indo-Pacific arc, countries are beefing up their defenses.

An elderly Korean woman weeps at a press conference.

South Korean Conservatives Fueled Apologism for Japan’s Sexual Slavery

Misleading narratives about so-called “comfort women” were created in the 2000s.

U.S. President Joe Biden talks to the leaders of India, Japan, and Australia at the Quad summit.

Quad Summit’s Vaccine Deal Is Biden’s Bold First Move in Asia

It’s a smart step to counter China, but the next ones won’t be as easy.

Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning arrives in Hong Kong.

Friday’s Quad Summit Will Show if It’s Just a Talking Shop

The fledgling Indo-Pacific alliance needs a mission—and its only meaningful one is maritime security.

Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pose for photographs before a Quad Indo-Pacific meeting in Tokyo on Oct. 6, 2020.

Getting the Quad Right Is Biden’s Most Important Job

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue is the best hope for standing up to China.

Participants pose to show their traditional Japanese tattoos (Irezumi), associated with the yakuza, during the annual Sanja Matsuri festival in the Asakusa district of Tokyo on May 20, 2018.

The Pandemic Is Putting Gangsters in Power

As states struggle, organized crime is rising to new prominence.

France's President Emmanuel Macron and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gesture to US President Donald Trump as they attend a meeting on the digital economy at the G-20 Summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019.

Biden Should Finish Trump’s One Good Trade Idea

The president can corner China by bringing one of his predecessor’s foreign-policy initiatives to completion.

In a photo released by Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense on May 11, 2018, a Taiwanese Air Force fighter jet flies near a Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force bomber that reportedly flew over the Luzon Strait south of Taiwan during an exercise.

Beijing’s Welcome Gift to Biden: More Threats and Tensions

If China is seeking a reset of relations, it has a strange way of showing it.

Protesters prepare to burn an effigy of Chinese President Xi Jinping during an anti-China protest in Siliguri, India, on June 17, 2020.

Why Attempts to Build a New Anti-China Alliance Will Fail

The big strategic game in Asia isn’t military but economic.

Load 10 More Articles