Japan Started a War It Wasn’t Ready to Fight
Tokyo picked a trade brawl with Seoul—but wasn't prepared for the inevitable blowback.
Pacific Tour Tests New Pentagon Chief
Mark Esper sets out to persuade U.S. allies in Asia that the United States has their back.
The Asian Century Is Over
Beset by conflicts, stagnating economies, and political troubles, the region no longer looks set to rule the world.
K-Pop’s Big China Problem
Chinese stars are spinning off in their own orbit as politics gets in the way of profit.
How to Fix the Baby Bust
The relationship among birthrates, gender norms, and work culture is more complicated than you think.
The World This Weekend
Japan and South Korea continue a historic dispute while Turkey exits the F-35 program amid tensions with the United States.
Japan’s Trade War Is as Futile as Trump’s
Tokyo’s temper tantrum over history is mostly hurting itself.
Why Are Japan and South Korea at Each Other’s Throats?
A trade dispute has widened into a full-blown relationship crisis—and the shadow of World War II hangs over it all.
Japan and South Korea Don’t Have to Love Each Other to Be Allies
History still rankles, but the relationship is sound.
One Small Step for a President, One Giant Leap for Pyongyang
Trump's unexpected gesture may have been the only way to get talks back on track.
The United States Needs Japan-South Korea Reconciliation
This weekend's G-20 efforts are likely to flop as old quarrels emerge.
Tokyo Keeps Defending World War II Atrocities
Japan's legal excuses over slave labor are weak at best.
America Loves Excusing Its War Criminals
Bitter memories of impunity for U.S. soldiers still rankle even close allies.