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Children sit near a public water fountain as members of the Unification Church attend a rally
Children sit near a public water fountain as members of the Unification Church attend a rally

Shinzo Abe’s Killing Puts Unification Church Under Microscope

The Japanese ruling party’s ties to the South Korean sect stir public anger.

Two unidentified military vessels off Taiwan
Two unidentified military vessels off Taiwan
A close up of Abe's face as he looks down with a serious expression in front of a red-orange background.
A close up of Abe's face as he looks down with a serious expression in front of a red-orange background.

The Many Contradictions of Shinzo Abe

Even as he pushed for closer U.S. ties, Japan’s former prime minister clung to his belief in the legitimacy of Japanese conquest.

An offering from Shinzo Abe at Yasukuni Shrine
An offering from Shinzo Abe at Yasukuni Shrine

Abe’s Nationalism Is His Most Toxic Legacy

U.S. elites were happy to overlook the late Japanese prime minister’s historical revisionism.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks during a news conference.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks during a news conference.

Election Victories Empower Kishida’s Agenda for Japan

Abe’s killing may have boosted an already strong LDP vote.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives for a bi-lateral meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the United Nations Headquarters on September 20, 2016 in New York City.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives for a bi-lateral meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the United Nations Headquarters on September 20, 2016 in New York City.

How Shinzo Abe Shaped Japan’s Foreign Policy

And made Tokyo a major player across the Indo-Pacific.

A closeup photo shows a smiling Abe wearing a blue suit.
A closeup photo shows a smiling Abe wearing a blue suit.

How Shinzo Abe Changed Japan

The assassinated former prime minister leaves behind a complex legacy.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam's Kilo Pier on December 27, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam's Kilo Pier on December 27, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Abe’s Legacy Will Outlive Him

Washington mourns the man who made Japan a real security ally in the Indo-Pacific.

People mourn former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's killing
People mourn former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's killing

‘How Could This Happen in Japan?’

Abe killing shocks one of the world’s safest countries.

U.S. President Joe Biden sits with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
U.S. President Joe Biden sits with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

As Security Threats Mount, Japan and South Korea Begin (Carefully) Mending Fences

Prodded by Washington, Seoul and Tokyo are taking steps to overcome deep historical tensions.

(From left) Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, U.S. President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
(From left) Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, U.S. President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Japan Is Getting Real on Security After Ukraine

A flurry of moves is positioning Tokyo at the center of anti-China alliances.

An aerial view of firebombed Tokyo in 1945.
An aerial view of firebombed Tokyo in 1945.

When Tokyo Burned

“Paper City” explores the forgotten firebombing of Japan’s capital.

Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda
Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda

Japan Finally Gets Inflation—but the Wrong Kind

After decades of fighting deflation, global price rises are causing political worries.

Main character Yusuke Kafuku leans against his red car as supporting character Misaki Watari sits behind the wheel.
Main character Yusuke Kafuku leans against his red car as supporting character Misaki Watari sits behind the wheel.

‘Drive My Car’ Could Change Japanese Cinema Forever

The Japanese film is up for an Academy Award at this year’s Oscars.

Japan's foreign minister meets with Ukraine's ambassador
Japan's foreign minister meets with Ukraine's ambassador

Japan Steps Up on Ukraine

Tokyo is moving slower than Europe but is ready to act.

People line up for COVID-19 testing in Tokyo.
People line up for COVID-19 testing in Tokyo.

Japan Reconsiders COVID-19 Rules as Omicron Fills Hospitals

Tokyo’s policies have been strikingly successful but may now be outdated.

People receive food from a nonprofit in Tokyo.
People receive food from a nonprofit in Tokyo.

Japan’s New Prime Minister Takes On Abenomics’ Legacy

Fumio Kishida’s new populist measures look to shrink inequality and stir a sluggish economy.

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