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People hold a banner protesting against U.S.-developed Aegis Ashore missile interceptor systems during a demonstration against a forthcoming state visit by U.S. President Donald Trump to Japan in Tokyo on May 25, 2019.

Japan Is Canceling a U.S. Missile Defense System

Aegis Ashore was more expensive than bargained for, but scrapping the program may come with its own costs.

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Japan Radically Increased Immigration—and No One Protested

To cope with demographic challenges and labor shortages, Japan’s right-wing government has boosted immigration. How did it avoid the political backlash plaguing the West?

Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant pose for portraits on Feb. 23, 2016, in Okuma, Japan.

It’s Not Techno-Angst That’s Driving East Asia to Abandon Nuclear Power

In the East Asian democracies, nuclear energy is tied to an increasingly unpopular political and economic model.

Lee Yong-soo, a South Korean victim of Japanese wartime sexual slavery, looks at her supporters during a demonstration in front of the national parliament in Tokyo on Aug. 10, 2005.

Victim of Wartime Sexual Slavery Points Finger at Korean Aid Agency

Allegation of wrongdoing reopens war wound that has marred relations between Seoul and Tokyo.

Prince William of Britain scans in a drawing of himself onto a screen so he can make a cartoon character of himself dressed in a traditional Japanese costume during his visit to Tsutaya bookshop in Tokyo on Feb. 28, 2015.

Japan Doesn’t Want to Become Another Casualty of English

English skills bring status, but the public remains stubbornly bad at learning.

Japanese diplomat Yukio Okamoto

Yukio Okamoto’s Death Is a Tragic Loss for U.S.-Japan Relations

The master Japanese diplomat helped keep a complicated alliance on the rails.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe takes off his face mask before speaking during a press conference at the prime minister's office in Tokyo on May 14.

Japan’s Halfhearted Coronavirus Measures Are Working Anyway

Despite indifferent lockdowns and poor testing, Japan seems to be skipping the worst of the pandemic.

An impersonator of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un poses in front of a police cordon during a protest at the International Finance Center shopping mall in Hong Kong on April 28.

How to Tell Whether Crazy North Korean Stories Are True

With Kim Jong Un missing, careful readings are more important than ever.

In Seoul, a South Korean soldier walks past a television screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with Chinese President Xi Jinping in China, on March 28, 2018.

With Kim Jong Un Mysteriously Gone, China Is Likely to Make a Power Move

There are many ways Beijing could use the mystery surrounding Kim Jong Un’s disappearance to its advantage. None of them are good for the United States or Japan.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wearing a face mask attends a press conference at the prime minister's official residence on April 7 in Tokyo.

Japan Is Testing the Limits of Pandemic Economics

Can the world’s most indebted country afford a $1 trillion stimulus?

Using a lantern to preserve the Olympic flame

Japan Hopes for a Post-Coronavirus Olympics

The cancellation is another blow to a battered economy as virus numbers creep up.

Allyson Felix of the United States wins gold in the women's 4 x 400 meter relay at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 20, 2016.

Mourning the Olympics and All the Celebrations We’re Losing to the Pandemic

Especially in times like these, it's OK to feel for everyone whose milestone events have been canceled or postponed.

Officers assist passengers arriving at a quarantine station at Narita airport on March 9. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on March 5  that foreign arrivals who have recently been in China or South Korea would be required to spend 14 days in quarantine.

Japan and Korea Won’t Let A Pandemic Stop Them Fighting

Existing quarrels are being pushed forward as the virus spreads.

Residents walk past debris after an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan in 2011

How Japan Rode a Tsunami to Equality

Japanese women quickly realized that the disaster that struck their country nine years ago was an unprecedented opportunity to overcome discrimination.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence discuss the administration’s coronavirus response

Trump and Other Leaders Grapple With Limited Economic Remedies for the Virus

With interest rates already at rock bottom and tax cuts too slow and unfocused, the U.S. president may find his best coronavirus response is a giant stimulus. But will he get one?

People wearing face masks in Tokyo during the coronavirus crisis.

Japan’s Economy May Be Another Coronavirus Casualty

The Tokyo Olympics may be at risk as the epidemic spreads.

A pedestrian wearing a face mask walks past a board displaying the Nikkei 225 Index on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Feb. 25. Japan's stock market joined the global rout as fears of a prolonged economic hit from the coronavirus outbreak have chilled investor sentiment.

World Stock Markets Begin Betting on a Coronavirus Slowdown

Big declines in the United States, Europe, and Asia and an inverted yield curve indicate market players are starting to fear the worst.

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