Who Will Win the Global War for Talent?
After the Great Lockdown will come the next Great Migration.
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.
Japan’s Ruling Party Picks the Safe Option
The right lost the leadership elections, but a hawkish swing is still possible.
Japanese Prime Minister Suga Has No Clear Successor
Convoluted voting and elite splits mean the top job is up for grabs.
New Cruise Missile Gives North Korea Lethal Capability
The long-range weapon could strike South Korea, Japan, and U.S. bases in the region.
Japan Is the Middle East’s Most Credible Player
Tokyo’s long-standing, quiet diplomacy has built trust Washington lacks.
Suga’s Rivals Are Scrambling to Succeed Him
The leadership campaign is more concerned with China than the coronavirus.
China’s Neighbors Hope Afghanistan Pullout Means Pivot to Indo-Pacific
With the withdrawal completed, Washington’s strategic shift can commence.
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.
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.
How the U.S. Learned to Stop Worrying About the Pacific and Love the ‘Indo-Pacific’
The United States has a new lens for its rivalry with China.
Japan Wasted a Golden Chance for Olympic Reconciliation
Tokyo-Seoul relations remain mired in bad history and petty insults.
Vaccines Are Japan’s New Tool to Counter China
Despite its worsening pandemic, Tokyo’s vaccine diplomacy has gained traction.
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.
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.
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.
Unlucky Tokyo Rolls the Olympic Dice—Again
With cancellation so prominent in Japan’s Olympic history, Tokyo 2021 has emerged as a cautionary tale.