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An art installation feature the phrase #ImmigrantsAreEssential in large white letters sits on the grass of the National Mall with the U.S. Capitol in the background.

Who Will Win the Global War for Talent?

After the Great Lockdown will come the next Great Migration.

Fumio Kishida

Fumio Kishida’s Principles Are About to Be Put to the Test

Japan’s new prime minister is the moderate face of a party dominated by its right wing.

Fumio Kishida after being elected head of the LDP

Japan’s Ruling Party Picks the Safe Option

The right lost the leadership elections, but a hawkish swing is still possible.

Liberal Democratic Party presidential candidates (from left to right) Taro Kono, Fumio Kishida, Sanae Takaichi, and Seiko Noda

Japanese Prime Minister Suga Has No Clear Successor

Convoluted voting and elite splits mean the top job is up for grabs.

North Korean missile launch

New Cruise Missile Gives North Korea Lethal Capability

The long-range weapon could strike South Korea, Japan, and U.S. bases in the region.

The Iranian and Japanese foreign ministers shake hands.

Japan Is the Middle East’s Most Credible Player

Tokyo’s long-standing, quiet diplomacy has built trust Washington lacks.

Then-Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga bows.

Suga’s Rivals Are Scrambling to Succeed Him

The leadership campaign is more concerned with China than the coronavirus.

Pedestrians pass a military propaganda poster in Beijing.

China’s Neighbors Hope Afghanistan Pullout Means Pivot to Indo-Pacific

With the withdrawal completed, Washington’s strategic shift can commence.

A Belarusian athlete arrives at an international airport.

The Geopolitical Stakes of Olympic Perfection—and Defection

The Tokyo Games have brought a surge of nationalism and laid bare the methods of autocrats like Belarus’s Aleksandr Lukashenko.

Actress Katerina Lechou lights the Olympic flame at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 BC, on October 24, 2017 during the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The Pathological Obsession With Moving the Olympics

Having a single host site would be a simple—and entirely traditional—fix for what ails the Games.

South Korean athlete runs bases at Tokyo Olympic Games.

Japan Wasted a Golden Chance for Olympic Reconciliation

Tokyo-Seoul relations remain mired in bad history and petty insults.

A medical worker administers a COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccines Are Japan’s New Tool to Counter China

Despite its worsening pandemic, Tokyo’s vaccine diplomacy has gained traction.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach waves the Olympic flag during the Closing Ceremony of Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre on August 28, 2014 in Nanjing, China.

The Long and Infuriating History of Bad Olympic Bosses

Thomas Bach has joined a long line of IOC chiefs who have been hated by everyone associated with the Games.

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso

Taro Aso’s Taiwan Slip Was Likely Deliberate

The gaffe-prone Japanese politician was the perfect vehicle for plausible deniability when signaling support for Taipei.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga attends a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo.

Suga’s Olympic-Sized Gamble

Backed by the G-7, Japan’s prime minister will likely go ahead with the games. How they play out will determine his survival.

1940 Olympics Flag

Unlucky Tokyo Rolls the Olympic Dice—Again

With cancellation so prominent in Japan’s Olympic history, Tokyo 2021 has emerged as a cautionary tale.

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