How Japan Became the Adult at the Trade Table
While Washington withdraws from multilateral deals, Tokyo has been uncharacteristically leading efforts to save them.
Goodbye to Japan’s Foreign Relations Emperor
Akihito spent his reign promoting better relations with Japan’s neighbors.
The Japanese Air Force Needs an Upgrade
Faced with China’s increasing aggression, Japan must invest in fifth-generation fighter jets to deter Beijing’s expansion.
Modi’s Bullet Train Dreams Are Hitting Rural Roadblocks
With elections coming soon, land rights are getting in the way of an easy political win.
Hanoi Summit Has Tokyo Feeling Left Out
Japan worries its interests will be ignored in deal between U.S. and North Korea.
Build the Wall—To Keep Out the BMWs and Benzes
Trump’s threatened trade war against European cars would hurt America most.
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The U.S. State Department ramps up its fight against foreign propaganda, and international support is waning for the Venezuelan president.
Japan’s Scientific Whaling Ruse Is Over
Tokyo’s pullout from international treaties may actually help save whales.
In Trump’s World, Nukes Are Self-Defense
As the Japan-U.S. alliance weakens, could Tokyo drop its nuclear weapons ban?
Super-Patriotic Anime Youth Wars!
Can the mighty Communist Party win the hearts of China’s youth, or will the 2D world lure them into Japan's clutches?
The Fate of the World Order Rests on Tokyo’s Shoulders
Japan was one of the system’s biggest winners, and it is one of the few countries that can save it now.
China’s Medical Tourists Are Steering Clear of U.S. Hospitals
Shoddy treatment at home is driving patients to Japan and Europe.
The Paris Accord Won’t Stop Global Warming on Its Own
The world needs a new alliance of green economic powers to create a low-carbon economic zone.
Don’t Let the U.S.-Japanese Alliance Get Out of Shape
Joint military exercises have kept the relationship strong despite Trump, but that could soon change.
Russia Won’t Budge an Inch on Islands Japan Claims
Putin will never give ground on territorial issues, but Abe can still warm up relations.
India Is the Weakest Link in the Quad
The four-nation mechanism was set up to contain Chinese maritime expansionism, but New Delhi is having second thoughts.
Experts Question Wisdom of Canceling U.S. Exercises with South Korea, As Mattis Makes It Official
But some analysts say it’s a small price to pay for the possibility of peace with North Korea.
With North Korea, Good Intentions Aren’t Enough
Trump's unilateral negotiating strategy will fail unless the United States collaborates with its regional allies — and adversaries — to forge a lasting peace.
State of the Trade Wars
Tracking U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariffs — and the retaliatory measures other countries are taking.