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Shinzo Abe speaks at his party's headquarters in Oct. 2017 (Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images

How Japan Became the Adult at the Trade Table

While Washington withdraws from multilateral deals, Tokyo has been uncharacteristically leading efforts to save them.

U.S. President Bill Clinton listens as Japanese Emperor Akihito speaks to those attending the formal welcoming ceremony held for himself and Empress Michiko on the White House lawn on June 13, 1994. (Joshua Roberts/AFP/Getty Images)

Goodbye to Japan’s Foreign Relations Emperor

Akihito spent his reign promoting better relations with Japan’s neighbors.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) leaves after an inspection of a mock-up F35A fighter  during a review ceremony at the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's Hyakuri air base Ibaraki prefecture on Oct. 26, 2014.

The Japanese Air Force Needs an Upgrade

Faced with China’s increasing aggression, Japan must invest in fifth-generation fighter jets to deter Beijing’s expansion.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (2nd R) and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe (R) shake hands in front of a shinkansen train during their inspection at a bullet train manufacturing plant in Kobe, Hyogo prefecture on November 12, 2016.(JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)

Modi’s Bullet Train Dreams Are Hitting Rural Roadblocks

With elections coming soon, land rights are getting in the way of an easy political win.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walk at the White House in Washington on June 7, 2018. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Hanoi Summit Has Tokyo Feeling Left Out

Japan worries its interests will be ignored in deal between U.S. and North Korea.

A worker drives a finished Mercedes-Benz C-Class car through production in Bremen, Germany, on Jan. 24, 2017. (Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)

Build the Wall—To Keep Out the BMWs and Benzes

Trump’s threatened trade war against European cars would hurt America most.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence applaud U.S. President Donald Trump at his State of the Union address in Washington on Feb. 5. (Doug Mills/Getty Images)

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The U.S. State Department ramps up its fight against foreign propaganda, and international support is waning for the Venezuelan president.

The crew of a Japanese whaling vessel drags an injured whale to the side of the ship during a scientific research mission in the Antarctic in 1993. (Mark Votier/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Japan’s Scientific Whaling Ruse Is Over

Tokyo’s pullout from international treaties may actually help save whales.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) offers a silent prayer during the 73rd anniversary memorial service for the atomic bomb victims at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on Aug. 6, 2018. (JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)

In Trump’s World, Nukes Are Self-Defense

As the Japan-U.S. alliance weakens, could Tokyo drop its nuclear weapons ban?

Visitors line up in front of billboards showing anime characters during the 14th Ani-Com and Games exhibition in Hong Kong on July 27, 2012.  (Philippe Lopez/AFP/GettyImages)

Super-Patriotic Anime Youth Wars!

Can the mighty Communist Party win the hearts of China’s youth, or will the 2D world lure them into Japan's clutches?

A woman holds a Japanese flag as she listens to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaking during a rally in Tokyo on Sept. 19. (Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

The Fate of the World Order Rests on Tokyo’s Shoulders

Japan was one of the system’s biggest winners, and it is one of the few countries that can save it now.

Chinese tourist Zhang Lan, left, awaits X-rays during her check-up at a hospital in Asahikawa, in Hokkaido prefecture, Japan, on June 13, 2012. (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s Medical Tourists Are Steering Clear of U.S. Hospitals

Shoddy treatment at home is driving patients to Japan and Europe.

Steam and exhaust rise from different companies on a cold winter day on January 6, 2017 in Oberhausen, Germany.

The Paris Accord Won’t Stop Global Warming on Its Own

The world needs a new alliance of green economic powers to create a low-carbon economic zone.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump walk along the Rose Garden colonnade as they arrive for a joint news conference at the White House, June 7, 2018 (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Don’t Let the U.S.-Japanese Alliance Get Out of Shape

Joint military exercises have kept the relationship strong despite Trump, but that could soon change.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu inspect Russian Army's and Naval military exercises in Pacific Ocean not far from the isle of Sakhalin, also claimed by Japan,  on July 16, 2013.  (ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia Won’t Budge an Inch on Islands Japan Claims

Putin will never give ground on territorial issues, but Abe can still warm up relations.

Japanese Rear Admiral Hiroshi Yamamura (L), US Rear Admiral William Byrne (R) and HCS Bisht, vice admiral of the Indian Navy, pose for photographers during the inauguration of joint naval exercises with the United States and India in Chennai on July 10, 2017.
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India Is the Weakest Link in the Quad

The four-nation mechanism was set up to contain Chinese maritime expansionism, but New Delhi is having second thoughts.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping (R) before the G20 leaders' family photo in Hangzhou on September 4, 2016.
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Japan’s China Deals Are Pure Pragmatism

Even Donald Trump can't push Tokyo into Beijing's arms.

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Experts Question Wisdom of Canceling U.S. Exercises with South Korea, As Mattis Makes It Official

But some analysts say it’s a small price to pay for the possibility of peace with North Korea.

U.S. President Donald Trump (C), Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R), and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) pose for photos before attending the Northeast Asia Security Dinner at the U.S. Consulate General   in Hamburg, Germany, July 6, 2017.

With North Korea, Good Intentions Aren’t Enough

Trump's unilateral negotiating strategy will fail unless the United States collaborates with its regional allies — and adversaries — to forge a lasting peace.

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State of the Trade Wars

Tracking U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariffs — and the retaliatory measures other countries are taking.

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