US-Japan Alliance

Japan: New Leader, Old Geopolitics

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Japan’s new leader can expect to face ongoing hostility in East Asia and a warm welcome from India.

COVID-19 and the Japan-South Korea Trade Dispute

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The Japan-South Korea trade dispute didn’t predate COVID-19, but it’s certainly making the pandemic’s economic impact even worse.

Trump’s East Asia Headache: South Korea-Japan Spat Deepens

President Moon, Prime MInister ABe, and Vice President Pence, cc S. Herman (Voice of America), modified,,_Moon_Jae-in,_Pence_in_Pyeongchang.png

Historical animosities are devolving into a full-fledged trade war between key US allies in East Asia.

Backgrounder: Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force Naval Build-Up

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The Abe government has opted for a two-track approach to naval modernization: balance against China’s growing capabilities and escape the military constraints of Japan’s post-war constitution.

Japan’s Rare Earth Mineral Discovery Could be a Geopolitical Game Changer


Japan’s massive rare earth mineral discovery could break China’s monopoly and recast bilateral relations between the two countries.

An October Surprise in Japan Elections?

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In calling for early elections, Shinzo Abe may have sealed his own political fate.

US THAAD Deployed to South Korea

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The THAAD deployment in South Korea could be a game-changer in East Asia security, and China and Russia are not happy about it.

The TPP’s Loss is China’s Gain

Xi Jinping, President of China. CC Flickr Day Donaldson, modified,

Trump has made good on his promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and it will fundamentally shake up geopolitical outlook of East Asia.

The Geopolitical Legacy of the Most Embittered US Election on Record

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Whoever wins the US presidential race on Tuesday, the political process in the United States loses.

Abe Moves A Step Closer to Constitutional Reform in Japan

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The Liberal Democratic Party’s recent victory has brought the controversial topic of constitutional reform in Japan into the political spotlight once again.

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