Probing explorations from a Japanese perspective of the nation's politics and economy, international affairs, and other aspects of a changing world.
- Abenomics: The First 100 Days
April 4, 2013 marked 100 days since Abe Shinzō’s return to office. With many people hoping that the prime minister’s “Abenomics” policies will succeed in lifting the country out of its deflationary spiral, we look back at the government’s first 100 days in office and consider some of the issues for the years ahead.
- The Challenges Ahead for Decentralization Reform
Twenty years have passed since the Diet resolution to promote decentralization reform. In the following series of articles, we look at how the situation has evolved over this period and analyse the decentralization issues that the new Abe administration will face over the coming years.
- 3/11: The Second Anniversary
Two years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011. In the following articles, we hear the thoughts of the bereaved families, analyze the current situation, and consider how recovery efforts will take shape in the years to come.
- The Second Abe Administration: Analyzing the New Political Landscape
The December 2012 general election brought to power the Liberal Democratic Party and their coalition partners New Kōmeitō. How will Japan’s politics change? What can we expect from Abe Shinzō’s second term as president? We look at these issues and more in the following series.
- The Shale Revolution and Japan’s Energy Policy
Shale gas and shale oil are revolutionizing the way the world gets its energy. How should Japan respond to the economic and geopolitical impact of this energy revolution?
- A Changing East Asia
Over the past 20 years, “East Asia” no longer represents the region containing China, Japan, and the Korean peninsula. The term now covers a wider geographical area, taking in more peoples and more cultures. In the following four essays, we look into the important trends in the region.
Conflicts and Disputes over Maritime Interests in East Asian Seas: The Role of Maritime Law Enforcement Agencies
Prospects for Change on the Korean Peninsula
ASEAN’s Positive Record and Ambitious Plans
Shifting Definitions of “East Asia” and Regional Cooperation