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Japan and the UK Agree on the Implementation of a Free Trade Agreement

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On October 23 in Tokyo, Toshimitsu Motegi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, and Elizabeth Mary Truss known as Liz Truss, the UK Secretary of State for International Trade,  signed a bilateral document (“road map”) for the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement, which was already agreed on September 11 this year, during…

Japan’s PM to Visit to Vietnam and Indonesia

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On October 18-21, this year, Yoshihide Suga, Prime Minister of Japan, visited Vietnam and Indonesia, an event far from ordinary in the complex political game unfolding in the (sub)region of Southeast Asia. This is also because Southeast Asia is a crucial element of a much larger Indo-Pacific region, shifting focus on global political processes…

A new Japanese Government has Taken Shape

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So, on September 16th, after separate votes were taken in both chambers of the Japanese parliament, Yoshihide Suga was approved as the new Prime Minister, replacing Shinzo Abe, who left this post one year ahead of schedule, before the end of his last (and third in a row) three-year term. Previously, we reported about certain noteworthy circumstances…

Shinzo Abe Resigns as Prime Minister of Japan

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The political career of Shinzo Abe, one of the most prominent leaders in modern history of Japan, which began in the second half of the 19th century with the Meiji Restoration, is coming to an end. Its key periods were his two stints at the nation’s helm. The first lasted only one year (2006-2007). At the time, Shinzo Abe became the youngest Prime Minister in the history…

The Seas of the Indo-Pacific in Turmoil

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In the chronicle of how the situation is developing in the region covered by the Indian and Pacific oceans, alas, there are no positive trends that will please readers. To exacerbate the confrontation here between the two leading world powers, the United States and China, recently more problems have been pressing down on the latter’s relations with major regional players, such…

How and Why is Japan Expanding its Influence in the Indian Ocean?

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Many political scientists could not but notice and weigh in on a trend on the global arena – Japan is not particularly quickly yet steadfastly gaining a foothold in the Indian Ocean (and not only in the regions of the Middle East and North Africa). This process appears to be shaping, in a gradual manner, the nation’s comprehensive…

Japan is Guarding its Borders

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Although it has already been 75 years since World War II ended, when the territorial divisions that now demarcate various parts of the world were drawn through a series of international treaties and laws, politicians in a number of countries continue to exploit territorial issues in order to maintain military tensions, to justify increases in military spending, and as an argument to support nationalist…

The Latest on Japanese Territorial Claim Conflicts

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You may remember that debates surrounding the Dokdo islands are paramount in the South Korean-Japanese conflicts. One’s mind drifts back to a poster on which Korean patriotic NGOs went to the Japanese embassy after the 2011 accident at the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant.  A sympathetic message supporting victims of the tragedy was…

On the Problems with Japan’s Course of Movement “Toward the Southwest”

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In the strategic game that is playing out in the area around the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the presence of Japan is growing more prominent. The nature of this presence is reflected in both the aspect of Japan re-establishing itself as a leading world power and the swift transformation of the political puzzle taking shape here. Back…

60th Anniversary of Japan-US Security Pact

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This year celebrates an important anniversary for Japan–United States relations, giving us an opportunity to focus on their transformation with time. The author is referring to January 19, which marked the signing of the United States-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security sixty years ago, and to July 23, the date it was enacted. In Washington’s and Tokyo’s…

Japan’s Return to “Normalcy” amid SARS COV-2 Pandemic

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In Japan, the process of returning to “normalcy” is often tied with the desire of the nation’s leadership to remove limitations imposed on the country by Article 9 of its pacifist constitution adopted in 1947 under (to put it mildly) “pressure” from the US-led occupation administration. And according to a more radical viewpoint, the draft of this document for post-war Japan was…

It is Time for Japan to Become a Truly Independent State

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As the entire world suffers the tragic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, the latest anti-American scandals are gaining momentum in Japan. The Kyodo News agency was the first to report the announcement made by Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono on April 17 that a joint investigation would be conducted by the Japanese and United States military into a leakage…


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