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Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, reacts after he was elected as the new head of the Liberal Democratic Party in Tokyo on Sept. 14.

Suga Promises Continuity. But on Economics, He Can’t Possibly Deliver.

If the yen gets stronger, Japan’s new prime minister will have to come up with something new to protect exports.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga (R) leaves the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on April 5, 2017, after his press conference announcing North Korea's ballistic missile launch into the Sea of Japan.

Japan’s Suga Will Struggle to Pull off Abe’s Defense Transformation

The new Japanese prime minister shares many of outgoing Shinzo Abe’s policies—but isn’t as wedded to Abe’s big overhaul.

Incoming Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga poses for a portrait picture in Tokyo on Sept. 14.

Japan’s New Prime Minister Is a Fixer, Not a Leader

Abe’s right-hand man taking power could mean a return to the days of short-lived premierships.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives to address the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, on Sept. 27, 2019.

What the West Needs From Modi

An alliance of democracies to contain China makes sense. But Modi needs to clean up his act.

President Xi Jinping pictured with Joe Biden on Aug. 18, 2011, when they were each vice president of China and the United States, respectively, in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Biden Has a Serious Credibility Problem in Asia

U.S. allies have grown comfortable with Trump and his tough approach to China—and are anxious about a Biden victory.

A road sign is displayed near the prime minister’s office in Tokyo on Aug. 31.

Japan After Abe

Why the prime minister’s successors won’t stray too far from his policies.

An anti-Japan rally in Seoul

Abe Ruined the Most Important Democratic Relationship in Asia

The outgoing Japanese prime minister’s ultranationalism destroyed ties with South Korea.

People pass by as Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, is displayed on a giant television screen during a press conference in Tokyo on Aug. 28.

The Abe Era Ends, Cheering China, Concerning Washington

The United States hasn’t had to worry about Japan in nearly a decade. Now it might have to start.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Unloved But Successful, Shinzo Abe Takes His Bow

The longest-ever-serving Japanese prime minister steered the country through rocky years.

A scene from Playstation’s Ghost of Tsushima.

The Half-Real World of Ghost of Tsushima

The game is hauntingly beautiful, but it reshapes history and geography.

U.S President Donald Trump and Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, gesture towards Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner to join them for a group photograph on the first day of the G20 summit on June 28, 2019 in Osaka, Japan.

On V-J Day, U.S. Pushes for a Stronger Japanese Military

Seventy-five years after Japan surrendered in World War II and scrapped its armed forces, the Trump administration is redoubling efforts to get Tokyo to be more aggressive in countering China.

General Douglas MacArthur and Japan's Emperor Hirohito in 1945, a few weeks after Japan's surrender on September 2, 1945.

The Dangerous Illusion of Japan’s Unconditional Surrender

For decades, U.S. foreign policy has been badly distorted by the way that World War II ended.

An undated photo taken in April 2018 shows J15 fighter jets on China’s sole operational aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, during a drill at sea.

Slaughter in the East China Sea

What happens if China fights the United States and Japan? A mutual disaster, wargame predicts.

An aerial photo shows the explosion over Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945, shortly after the "Little Boy" atomic bomb was dropped.

The Hiroshima Effect

Seventy-five years after the first nuclear bomb fell, we are grateful it hasn’t happened again, mystified it didn’t, and terrified it still might.

Malabar Naval Exercises

India’s Pivot to Australia

With discussions underway for Canberra to join the Malabar naval exercises, New Delhi hopes to add a new backer in its fight against China

People hold a banner protesting against U.S.-developed Aegis Ashore missile interceptor systems during a demonstration against a forthcoming state visit by U.S. President Donald Trump to Japan in Tokyo on May 25, 2019.

Japan Is Canceling a U.S. Missile Defense System

Aegis Ashore was more expensive than bargained for, but scrapping the program may come with its own costs.

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