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South Korean athlete runs bases at Tokyo Olympic Games.

Japan Wasted a Golden Chance for Olympic Reconciliation

Tokyo-Seoul relations remain mired in bad history and petty insults.

A medical worker administers a COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccines Are Japan’s New Tool to Counter China

Despite its worsening pandemic, Tokyo’s vaccine diplomacy has gained traction.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach waves the Olympic flag during the Closing Ceremony of Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre on August 28, 2014 in Nanjing, China.

The Long and Infuriating History of Bad Olympic Bosses

Thomas Bach has joined a long line of IOC chiefs who have been hated by everyone associated with the Games.

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso

Taro Aso’s Taiwan Slip Was Likely Deliberate

The gaffe-prone Japanese politician was the perfect vehicle for plausible deniability when signaling support for Taipei.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga attends a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo.

Suga’s Olympic-Sized Gamble

Backed by the G-7, Japan’s prime minister will likely go ahead with the games. How they play out will determine his survival.

1940 Olympics Flag

Unlucky Tokyo Rolls the Olympic Dice—Again

With cancellation so prominent in Japan’s Olympic history, Tokyo 2021 has emerged as a cautionary tale.

Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto

As the Clock Ticks, Japanese Wonder If the Olympics Are Worth the Risk

Opponents are calling foul, but the data suggests the event can be pulled off.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga take part in a joint press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on April 16.

What the United States Wants From Japan in Taiwan

Biden should be clear about potential wartime plans now or else risk being disappointed by delays in Tokyo.

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.

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