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.
South Korean Conservatives Fueled Apologism for Japan’s Sexual Slavery
Misleading narratives about so-called “comfort women” were created in the 2000s.
Quad Summit’s Vaccine Deal Is Biden’s Bold First Move in Asia
It’s a smart step to counter China, but the next ones won’t be as easy.
The Fukushima Plant Is Still Leaking Poison After a Decade
The tsunami created a new debate over nuclear power.
Friday’s Quad Summit Will Show if It’s Just a Talking Shop
The fledgling Indo-Pacific alliance needs a mission—and its only meaningful one is maritime security.
Getting the Quad Right Is Biden’s Most Important Job
The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue is the best hope for standing up to China.
The U.S.-Japan Alliance Should Pivot to China’s Human Rights Issues
Washington and Tokyo need a sharp focus in a challenging era.
The Pandemic Is Putting Gangsters in Power
As states struggle, organized crime is rising to new prominence.
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.
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.
Why Attempts to Build a New Anti-China Alliance Will Fail
The big strategic game in Asia isn’t military but economic.