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An elderly couple walk in front of a row of vending machines in Miyajima, Japan on 4 January 2014.

Will Japan's population shrink or swim?

26 October 2022

After hovering around zero growth in the late 2000s, Japan’s population has been shrinking since 2010, with the decline accelerating in recent years....

ANU recognises Bank of Japan Governor Kuroda’s achievements and service to the ANU.

18 October 2022

Vice Chancellor Brian Schmidt awarded Governor of the Bank of Japan Haruhiko Kuroda an honorary Doctor of Laws (honoris causa).

Threats to the multilateral trading system dominate Japan dialogue

17 October 2022

On 4 October 2022 the Australia-Japan Research Centre (AJRC) co-hosted a Public Forum on economic security in Asia. Over a hundred distinguished...

State Funeral of Abe Shinzō.

Abe's state funeral sours Kishida's popularity

28 September 2022

The assassination of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has shed light on a concerning relationship between the Unification Church and the ruling...

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his Cabinet in the Kantei, 10 August 2022.

Japan's women lawmakers remain seated

31 August 2022

Japan’s House of Councillors (upper house) election was held on 10 July 2022, placing 125 of the country’s 284 upper house seats up for grabs. Japanese...

Prime Minister Kishi Nobusuke with his family and grandson Abe Shinzō.

Abe Shinzo and the end of the Kishi era

31 July 2022

Until he was gunned down during a last-minute campaign stop in the western Japanese city of Nara on 8 July 2022, Shinzō Abe — Japan’s longest serving...

A teacher's room at Onizuka Middle School in Karatsu, Saga, Japan, 2005.

Japan's digital society rests on Kishida's leadership

21 June 2022

The Japanese public is not yet convinced of the need for a digital society.

Bank of Japan Head Office, Chuo-city, Tokyo, Japan, 2010.

Central Bank Digital Currency cast aside as cash reigns king in Japan

26 May 2022

The Bank of Japan must continue to improve its knowledge of blockchain technology to ensure financial stability and financial innovation in Japan.

CHUBU electric power company's HEKINAN thermal power plant

Balance is pivotal to prosperity in Japan's energy policy

19 April 2022

In mid-October 2021, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s cabinet approved Japan’s Sixth Basic Energy Plan. The plan represents a concrete roadmap for realising...

Kishida dumps Russia to back Washington on Ukraine but where does that leave China

14 March 2022

Japan has become one of the most active countries in implementing strong sanctions against Russia in support of Ukraine

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