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Relations with Russia: An Economic Upper Hand for JapanHakamada Shigeki

This April Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō to Moscow for the first state visit to Russia by a Japanese leader in a decade. Russia specialist Hakamada Shigeki considers the future of the Putin regime and the prospects for Japan-Russia relations.

Will Methane Hydrates Become a Domestic Energy Resource?Ishikawa Kenji

In seas near Japan in March 2013, methane gas was successfully extracted from seafloor hydrates—a world first. However, there are remaining technical hurdles to overcome before this becomes a viable domestic energy source.

Putin and the Northern Territories—A Reality CheckSuzuki Yoshikatsu

Vladimir Putin returned to the Kremlin on May 7, after a four-year hiatus, to embark on his third term as president of the Russian Federation. Putin had held the same position for eight years (2000–08), and now he is guaranteed another six. In Japan, the media have greeted Putin’s comeback with hopeful speculation on the chances for a breakthrough in the longstanding territorial dispute between th…

The Limits of Putin’s LeadershipHakamada Shigeki

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is set to assume Russia’s top office once again following his resounding victory in the March 4 presidential election. Russia watcher Hakamada Shigeki offers his forecast for the political climate in the country and for Japan-Russia relations under the new Putin regime.

The “Shale Gas Revolution” and JapanMorikawa Tetsuo

The rise in production of gas from sedimentary shale in the United States has dramatically changed that country’s natural gas market and affected the European market as well. The impact has extended to Asia too, including Japan, where the March earthquake and subsequent nuclear plant disaster have led to increased demand for LNG.

The Need for Nuclear PowerToichi Tsutomu

Securing a stable energy supply is vital to resource-poor Japan and may well determine its viability as a nation. In this article, Toichi Tsutomu argues that even in the midst of the anxiety and anger surrounding the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the government needs to calmly work out its future energy policy.

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