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Participants pose to show their traditional Japanese tattoos (Irezumi), associated with the yakuza, during the annual Sanja Matsuri festival in the Asakusa district of Tokyo on May 20, 2018.

The Pandemic Is Putting Gangsters in Power

As states struggle, organized crime is rising to new prominence.

France's President Emmanuel Macron and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gesture to US President Donald Trump as they attend a meeting on the digital economy at the G-20 Summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019.

Biden Should Finish Trump’s One Good Trade Idea

The president can corner China by bringing one of his predecessor’s foreign-policy initiatives to completion.

In a photo released by Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense on May 11, 2018, a Taiwanese Air Force fighter jet flies near a Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force bomber that reportedly flew over the Luzon Strait south of Taiwan during an exercise.

Beijing’s Welcome Gift to Biden: More Threats and Tensions

If China is seeking a reset of relations, it has a strange way of showing it.

Protesters prepare to burn an effigy of Chinese President Xi Jinping during an anti-China protest in Siliguri, India, on June 17, 2020.

Why Attempts to Build a New Anti-China Alliance Will Fail

The big strategic game in Asia isn’t military but economic.

The National Stadium, the main venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Tokyo Wants the Olympics to Happen Even if the Public Doesn’t

The Japanese government is locked into what critics call a misguided project.

The rooms at the Grand Hotel in Taipei are illuminated to form the word "zero" after Taiwan reported no new coronavirus cases for two consecutive days, on April 17.

East Asia Takes a Cautious Coronavirus Victory Lap

Here are five of our best pieces on how East Asia handled the pandemic.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) summit in Bangkok on Nov. 4, 2019.

Cutting Through the Hype on Asia’s New Trade Deal

The RCEP truly is a China-style trade agreement: platitudinous and ineffective.

A French Rafale fighter jet prepares to land on the aircraft carrier "Charles de Gaulle" during a joint Indo-French naval exercise off Goa, India, on May 9, 2019.

The Quad’s Malabar Exercises Point the Way to an Asian NATO

India, Japan, Australia, and the United States have a good model if they want to keep the peace without threatening China.

A screen showing Joe Biden in Tokyo

Some in Japan Are Already Missing Trump

Conservative commentators dislike Biden, but they’re a minority.

Then-Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga (right) presents flowers to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Abenomics Can Flourish Without Abe

Japan’s new prime minister has the skills to take on the country’s bureaucrats.

Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before their meeting in Tokyo on Oct. 6.

Team Biden Should Start With an Asia Pivot 2.0

U.S. policy to contain China will require a lot more continuity with Trump than Biden’s backers would like to admit.

Indian protesters burn an effigy of Chinese President Xi Jinping and a Chinese flag during an anti-China demonstration in Kolkata on June 18.

India Doesn’t Need the Quad to Counter China—and Neither Do Its Partners

The nascent pact with Australia, Japan, and the United States is pointless. It should be quietly disbanded.

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.

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