Japan News

The Challenges of Asymmetrical Alliance

Jun 19, 2014
On June 17, the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted a private luncheon discussion to discuss why the price of maintaining peace must include the ability to join in collective self-defense operations. This was an opportunity for some of Washington’s top Japan analysts and scholars to exchange views with Japan’s leading authority on the legalities of collective self-defense.

Finger-Wagging Over Asian Health Risks

May 29, 2014
Can working in China make you sick? Japanese electronics giant Panasonic certainly thinks so. It’s prepared to pay its expatriates for sacrificing their health to do business in the country. But this move could backfire, writes Shihoko Goto.

Don't Pivot Away from TPP

May 21, 2014
As hopes for the United States to sign on to the biggest global trade deal to date rapidly deteriorate, the cost of U.S. political deadlock may be felt most painfully in Asia in the near term, writes Shihoko Goto.
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President Obama’s Asia Trip: Implications for China-U.S. Relations

May 01, 2014
President Obama capped a four-nation visit to Asia with the announcement of a security agreement with the Philippines. While China was not one of the President’s stops, relations with the People’s Republic loomed large as a back drop for his visits to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines. We spoke with former U.S. Ambassador to China, J. Stapleton Roy about the significance of the trip.

Asia Program to work with Waseda University

Mar 24, 2014
The Asia Program and Tokyo's Waseda University recently signed a memorandum of understanding to boost research efforts and personnel exchanges.

Japan: Where Leaning In Isn’t Enough

Mar 20, 2014
Japan has to bring about a change in the national psyche about women and work, argues Shihoko Goto.
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Asia Program Hosts Conference on Japan's Vision for East Asia

Mar 14, 2014
On March 5th and 6th, the Asia Program hosted a conference titled Japan's Vision for East Asia: Diplomacy Amid Geopolitical Challenges to discuss Japan's longer-term vision for the region and how it sees its role in Asia.

'Missing Histories': History Education and China-Japan Relations

Mar 13, 2014
Differences in history classrooms reflect the social discourse problems that underline China and Japan’s conflict, writes Global Fellow Zheng Wang.
Water Storage Tank. A team of IAEA experts check out water storage tanks TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station on 27 Nov 2103. Greg Webb/IAEA
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Japan’s Nuclear Nightmare: Third Anniversary of the Fukushima Disaster

Mar 10, 2014
Three years ago, an earthquake unleashed a powerful tsunami that slammed into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, causing a meltdown of three of the plants six nuclear reactors. On the eve of the anniversary of the disaster, we spoke with Japan’s Vice Minister for the Environment, Hideki Makihara.

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