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There are no credible scenarios in which Japanese government debt can ever be repaid in the normal sense of the word “repay”: and none in which the bulk of the BOJ&rsqu...(full article)

The Bank of Japan gingerly joins the ranks of central banks penalising deposits...(full article)

The most dramatic development in 2015 was that Iran catapulted into the ranks of the great powers, expanding their number to eight. Iran and Saudi Arabia are now engaged in a zero ...(full article)

Japan’s innovations seem a wise response to the quirks of the country’s geography. In an introduction to the English translation of the novel Snow Country, by the Nobel...(full article)

Faced with this kind of firepower, there is no way you can stay in the market. Nor can you expect a similar bailout -- you employ only 100 people, while Sharp employs 50,000. You f...(full article)

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Japan's Manga Military - Matthew Brummer, The Diplomat

To sell the image of a non-threatening Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) at home and abroad, important both in terms of domestic politics and international diplomacy, Tokyo has and will c...

Japan Must Reform Its Electoral System - Asahi

To rectify the problem of vote-value disparity, the council recommended a seat-distribution system that was proposed by John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States....

Abe's Global Contradictions - Kevin Rafferty, Japan Times

Japan should urgently examine its culture and traditions and its place in the world, in history, today and tomorrow. It has an immensely rich culture that is the envy of the rest o...

North Korea Is a Holdover of Japanese Fascism - Max Fisher, Vox

"Having been ushered by the Japanese into the world's purest race, the Koreans in 1945 simply kicked the Japanese out of it," Myers writes. "Much of the Japanese [fascist-era] vers...

Loosening Japan's Pacifist Bonds - Brahma Chellaney, Washington Times

The international spotlight on Japan’s prolonged economic woes has helped obscure one of Asia’s farthest-reaching but least-noticed developments — the political r...

Kurosawa's Japan Revisited - Pico Iyer, New York Review of Books

Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru (1952) was the first film I saw after I moved to Japan in 1987. A Zen-trained painter from San Francisco, who’d spent fifteen years around Kyoto masterin...

Abe's 'Womenomics' Program Isn't Working - Kevin Rafferty, Japan Times

National statistics show that Japanese women are increasingly a presence in the workforce: 63.6 percent of women between 15 and 64 are currently in paid work. International figures...

Is 'Comfort Women' Deal Bad News for China? - B. Klingner, Daily Signal

The United States will welcome the breakthrough since it could allow its key Asian allies to refocus attention from past differences to jointly focus on current security threats fr...

A Bad Year for Asian Democracy - William Pesek, Barron's

Malaysia and Thailand are just two reasons to doubt Asia’s commitment to openness and accountability....

Time for South Korea and Japan to Move Forward - JoongAng Daily

Though the sex slave issue has been a stumbling block in Seoul-Tokyo relations, we cannot live without Japan. It is pivotal to the Korea-U.S.-Japan alliance. You can choose your fr...

Why Shinzo Abe Blinked on 'Comfort Women' - Max Fisher, Vox

Since taking office, Abe has slowly re-militarized Japan, which he seems to earnestly consider both necessary and part of his legacy. But those policies have been unpopular among J...

S. Korea, Japan Reach Deal on 'Comfort Women' - Kim & Park, Reuters

South Korea and Japan reached a landmark agreement on Monday to resolve the issue of "comfort women", as those who were forced to work in Japan's wartime brothels were euphemistica...

Japan Grows an Island to Check Chinese Ambitions - Robin Harding, FT

China’s artificial islands are fuelling a new struggle for control of Asia’s oceans, but while the regional superpower dredges military bases out of the ocean, Japan is...

North Korea's Abduction Project - Robert Boynton, The New Yorker

By the end of the Second World War, four million Koreans were living outside Korea, and more than seven hundred thousand Japanese civilians and troops were living inside Korea. But...

A Historic Turn for India-Japan Ties? - Shashank Joshi, Lowy Interpreter

On 13 December, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe concluded a three-day visit to India, building on the public rapport that he had established with his counterpart, Narendra Modi,...

Why Japan's Elderly Are Endangering Its Military - Y. Funabashi, NI

“The future that has already happened.” That is how Peter Drucker described the relevance of demographics. Around the world, policy makers are starting to agree, and go...

India and Japan Tighten Their Embrace - Economist

India sees a lot of synergy: Japan has skills and capital, while India has a vast untapped market and much scope to boost manufacturing. Japanese firms, though, remain frustrated w...

Japan's Cute Army - Matt Alt, New Yorker

Surrounded on all sides by ocean, postwar Japan has long been able to rely upon the United States military for strategic protection. But tense territorial disputes with neighboring...

Japan Goes Back to Hunting Whales - Kate Lunau, Maclean's

A moratorium on commercial whaling has actually been in place since 1986, but Japan, Iceland and Norway continue to hunt. Japan claims to be collecting demographic information on w...

Anxious Asian Leaders Eye U.S. Politics - Frank Ching, Globe and Mail

So far, the South China Sea has not figured much in the U.S. presidential campaigns but, for Southeast Asians, there is a lot riding on the election outcome next November. If the ...

Abe Rival Says Japan Should Accept More Immigrants - Asahi Shimbun

Ruling party heavyweight Shigeru Ishiba said the government should allow more immigrants to live in Japan, a statement that contradicts the stance of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe....

Ramifications of Osaka Elections - Japan Times

The results of the Osaka gubernatorial and mayoral elections on Sunday may suggest that local voters are still not happy with the status quo of Kansai’s largest prefecture an...

Japan's Economy Is in Trouble Again - Japan Times

The second quarterly contraction of Japan’s gross domestic product in a row should not prompt the Abe administration to prepare yet another stimulus package but instead to re...

Why Japan Keeps Stumbling Into Recession - Matthew Yglesias, Vox

Japan is back in recession. The country's GDP shrank 0.8 percent in the third quarter of 2015 after shrinking in the second quarter, so it meets the technical definition. On its su...

Japan Needs Workers. Women Are Ready. - Noah Smith, Bloomberg View

When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared that he intended to promote women in the workplace, many people were understandably skeptical. After all, Abe is known as a conserv...

Abenomics Sputters in Japan - Wall Street Journal

Failure to push structural reform leads to another recession....

Japan's Train Diplomacy - Shang-su Wu, The Diplomat

Since the first operational line between Shinbashi and Yokohama opened in 1872, rail has become a major Japanese industry, even creating several milestones, such as the Asia Expres...

Denying the Will of Okinawans - New York Times

For 20 years the American and Japanese governments have been trying to close a Marine base in crowded Ginowan, a city on Okinawa’s main island, and to build a bigger one in a nor...

Okinawa and the U.S. Base Conundrum - Shannon Tiezzi, Diplomat

The U.S. basing dispute on Okinawa goes much deeper than the debate over Futenma Air Station....

Made in Japan Ain't What It Was - David Fickling, Bloomberg View

There was a time when U.S. manufacturers looked down on their Japanese rivals as purveyors of cheap, low-quality knockoffs. That 1960s conventional wisdom is taught these days in b...

South Korea and Japan Draw Nearer - The American Interest

South Korea and Japan only hug when they must. If Tokyo and Seoul are talking about cooperating on contentious issues like comfort women, that suggests the two aren’t naively...

The History of Japanese Monsters - Jillian Kumagai, The Atlantic

In Japan, monsters—or really any otherworldly or inexplicable being—are known as yōkai. One of the first compilations of yōkai, the 18th-century Konjaku Gazu Zoku Hyakki (“...

What's Weird About Japanese Halloween - Jake Adelstein, Daily Beast

Happy Halloween! The Japanese bring their own twists to October 31...

Could the TPP Actually Divide Asia? - Shihoko Goto, The Diplomat

Trade deals always produce losers as well as winners, so it is no surprise that there is growing concern that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement will not be ratified by ...

The Missiles of August: Asia's Arms Race - Jeffrey Lewis, Foreign Policy

China might have the world’s most active missile program, but Kim Jong Un loves missiles more than anything, maybe even more than he loves Dennis Rodman....

Japan, Iran Ministers Agree on Bilateral Investment Pact - Japan Times

TEHRAN – Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Monday struck an agreement on a bilateral investment pact....

Reshuffle Brings Abe's Foes into Cabinet - Reiji Yoshida, Japan Times

In reshuffling his Cabinet on Wednesday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aimed to achieve two contradictory goals: creating both a stable team with experienced managers and a fresh image...

Abenomics is Working - Bloomberg View

Japan is on the threshold of a new golden age -- according to no less an authority than Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Is that to be believed? Even discounting for patriotic zeal, Abe'...

The Inevitable Erosion of Japan's Pacifist Era - M. Matsumura, RCWorld

Framed by the convergence of postwar international and domestic politics over the last 70 years, Japan's pacifist constitution appears to have secured peace and prosperity for the ...

The Trouble With Japan's Defense Exports - Mina Pollmann, The Diplomat

Significant hurdles remain, however, as Japan has virtually no experience using arms exports as a foreign policy tool. Though the political guidelines have been updated, they have ...

The Tragic Death of Japan's Pacifist Brand - Nancy Snow, FPIF

It’s a puzzle how Japan will now reconcile its 70-year legacy of neutrality and pacifism with this “new normal” of possible foreign military intervention alongsid...

Japan's Responsibility to Uphold Global Order - Michael Auslin, WSJ

When Japan’s Parliament approved Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s controversial security legislation earlier this month, Asia’s most powerful democracy took a large st...

Japan Policy Riles Critics - Bangkok Post

The decision by the Japanese government to give itself new defence privileges has advantages but they are outweighed by the negative. On one hand, the new security package will all...

Asia Revisits the Class Politics of WWII - W. Bello, Foreign Policy In Focus

So one is left with the question: Was it more than coincidence that a dangerous new course for the region would be launched by the joining of hands of Aquino, the grandson of a des...

Who Opens a Reactor Next to a Volcano? - Jake Adelstein, Daily Beast

In Tokyo, the Abe administration seems unable to correctly recall events dating just four years back. Judging by the prime minister’s revisionist tendencies, they may already...

Nikkei Down Over 10 Percent

Asian shares tumbled Tuesday as Tokyo's stock benchmark plunged 11% on panic selling amid worries that a possible nuclear catastrophe in Japan would further complicate and endang...

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