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.
Japan Radically Increased Immigration—and No One Protested
To cope with demographic challenges and labor shortages, Japan’s right-wing government has boosted immigration. How did it avoid the political backlash plaguing the West?
It’s Not Techno-Angst That’s Driving East Asia to Abandon Nuclear Power
In the East Asian democracies, nuclear energy is tied to an increasingly unpopular political and economic model.
Victim of Wartime Sexual Slavery Points Finger at Korean Aid Agency
Allegation of wrongdoing reopens war wound that has marred relations between Seoul and Tokyo.
Japan Doesn’t Want to Become Another Casualty of English
English skills bring status, but the public remains stubbornly bad at learning.
Yukio Okamoto’s Death Is a Tragic Loss for U.S.-Japan Relations
The master Japanese diplomat helped keep a complicated alliance on the rails.
Japan’s Halfhearted Coronavirus Measures Are Working Anyway
Despite indifferent lockdowns and poor testing, Japan seems to be skipping the worst of the pandemic.
How to Tell Whether Crazy North Korean Stories Are True
With Kim Jong Un missing, careful readings are more important than ever.
With Kim Jong Un Mysteriously Gone, China Is Likely to Make a Power Move
There are many ways Beijing could use the mystery surrounding Kim Jong Un’s disappearance to its advantage. None of them are good for the United States or Japan.
Japan Is Testing the Limits of Pandemic Economics
Can the world’s most indebted country afford a $1 trillion stimulus?
Japan Hopes for a Post-Coronavirus Olympics
The cancellation is another blow to a battered economy as virus numbers creep up.
Mourning the Olympics and All the Celebrations We’re Losing to the Pandemic
Especially in times like these, it's OK to feel for everyone whose milestone events have been canceled or postponed.
Japan and Korea Won’t Let A Pandemic Stop Them Fighting
Existing quarrels are being pushed forward as the virus spreads.
How Japan Rode a Tsunami to Equality
Japanese women quickly realized that the disaster that struck their country nine years ago was an unprecedented opportunity to overcome discrimination.
Trump and Other Leaders Grapple With Limited Economic Remedies for the Virus
With interest rates already at rock bottom and tax cuts too slow and unfocused, the U.S. president may find his best coronavirus response is a giant stimulus. But will he get one?
Japan’s Economy May Be Another Coronavirus Casualty
The Tokyo Olympics may be at risk as the epidemic spreads.
World Stock Markets Begin Betting on a Coronavirus Slowdown
Big declines in the United States, Europe, and Asia and an inverted yield curve indicate market players are starting to fear the worst.