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 massive rare earth mineral discovery could break China’s monopoly and recast bilateral relations between the two countries.
In calling for early elections, Shinzo Abe may have sealed his own political fate.
The THAAD deployment in South Korea could be a game-changer in East Asia security, and China and Russia are not happy about it.
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.
Whoever wins the US presidential race on Tuesday, the political process in the United States loses.
The Liberal Democratic Party’s recent victory has brought the controversial topic of constitutional reform in Japan into the political spotlight once again.
After a long lull in the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands dispute, the issue appears to be heating up once again.
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering a state visit to Russia in May, but the Kuril Islands dispute could once again thwart any progress in Russia-Japan relations.
Japan has lagged behind many of its Western counterparts in the fight against international terrorism, and this needs to change.