How the U.S. Learned to Stop Worrying About the Pacific and Love the ‘Indo-Pacific’
The United States has a new lens for its rivalry with China.
Japan Wasted a Golden Chance for Olympic Reconciliation
Tokyo-Seoul relations remain mired in bad history and petty insults.
Vaccines Are Japan’s New Tool to Counter China
Despite its worsening pandemic, Tokyo’s vaccine diplomacy has gained traction.
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.
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.
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.
Unlucky Tokyo Rolls the Olympic Dice—Again
With cancellation so prominent in Japan’s Olympic history, Tokyo 2021 has emerged as a cautionary tale.
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.
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.
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.
Biden Plans Big Pledge on U.S. Emissions Cuts
Washington wants to reclaim climate leadership and get other major countries to ramp up ambitions.
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 Toughens on China as Beijing Issues Threats
Pro-engagement politicians are aging out of the Liberal Democratic Party.
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.
Japan Mulls Closing Another Door to Refugees
A new amendment would make Japan’s strict immigration policies even stricter.
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.
The Quad Can End the Crisis in Myanmar
Experts are overlooking the powerful influence of New Delhi and Tokyo.
China’s Neighbors Are Stronger Than We Think
All across the Indo-Pacific arc, countries are beefing up their defenses.