Can Japan Maintain Its Economic Fortunes?

June 24, 2019

Japan is set up for a stint in the international spotlight, hosting the G20 summit at the end of June and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It will be a busy few years for Japan, which hosts the G20 summit on June 28-29 followed by the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. The international attention sparks questions...

Are Japan and Russia Ready to Resolve the Kuril Islands Dispute?

January 14, 2019

Russia and Japan have disparate views on the Kuril Islands that can only be overcome through significant concessions. Last year, the 70-year-long territorial dispute between Russia and Japan over the Kuril Islands again rose to prominence. On September 12, at an economic development conference...

The World This Week: Shinzo Abe’s Sun Rises in Japan

October 29, 2017

With Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe on the ascendant, tensions are bound to rise in East Asia despite Japan’s aging population and tottering economy. This week, US Senator Bob Corker turned on the man he endorsed not too long ago. The senator called US President Donald Trump “utterly...

World in 60: Stabbing in Jerusalem Leaves Four Dead

November 18, 2014

The World in 60 rounds up the news from around the globe in one minute. People expect to have news from around the world at their fingertips, but there isn’t always time. This is why Arlington Public News introduced World in 60 in July 2014. This edition of World in 60 reports on the...

Keeping North Korean in Japan

February 04, 2014

Parents and students in Japan's "North Korean" schools struggle to maintain their identity. However prepared I may have been before entering the school building, the first thing that struck me as I walked from classroom to classroom were the stern portraits of Kim Il-sung, the first...

Abe’s Call to Stand Up to China: At What Cost?

Should the world stand up to an increasingly assertive China?  By Benjamin Ho Sino-Japanese ties, strained by territorial and historical disputes, took a further beating recently after a speech by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the World Economic Forum in Davos, in which he called on...

Japan: Breaking a Wave of Economic Collapse (Part 2)

January 29, 2013

Japan has always been impressive, utilizing its innovations and technological developments to dominate in an information age. This is Part II of II in which the author is perusing Japan's prospects of increasing economic prosperity along with the need for urgent political and fiscal...

Japan: A Sinking Economy in the Land of the Rising Sun (Part 1/3)

December 19, 2012

After two decades of relative decline, decision makers in Tokyo need to tackle serious reforms to boost Japan’s economic system. This is the first part of a series perusing the country’s economic challenges. "Adding insult to injury" sounds like a lawyerly phrase compared to its painfully...

Japan Election: At the Crossroads

December 18, 2012

Japan is at a crossroads. The next Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, must consider serious reforms in order to tackle Japan’s enormous challenges. By Felix Steinle and Kira O'Sullivan Background With an overwhelming majority of  325 out of 480 seats, the Liberal Democratic Party...

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