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Tokyo’s policies have been strikingly successful but may now be outdated.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

Typographical illustration of the Japanese word bimyou.
Typographical illustration of the Japanese word bimyou.

The Good, the Bad, and the Bimyou

Neither yes nor no, this idea can take you far in Japanese politics.

Pro-democracy protest in Seoul
Pro-democracy protest in Seoul

Biden’s Democracy Summit Success Now Depends on Allies

In Asia, the door is wide open to new partnerships bolstering democratic norms.

Yoshimasa Hayashi, set to become Japan's new foreign minister, leaves the prime minister's office in Tokyo on Nov. 10.
Yoshimasa Hayashi, set to become Japan's new foreign minister, leaves the prime minister's office in Tokyo on Nov. 10.

Japan’s Foreign Minister Faces Tough Calls on China

Yoshimasa Hayashi breaks the pattern of factional appointments.

A masked Natsuo Yamaguchi attaches a paper flower to the name of a winning candidate on a large white board.
A masked Natsuo Yamaguchi attaches a paper flower to the name of a winning candidate on a large white board.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida waves at voters while campaigning for his Liberal Democratic Party in the upcoming general election in Tokyo on Oct. 27.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida waves at voters while campaigning for his Liberal Democratic Party in the upcoming general election in Tokyo on Oct. 27.

Japan’s Lower House Elections Will Decide Kishida’s Fate

A “revolving door” premiership would have consequences both at home and abroad.

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.
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

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
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
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
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.
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.

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