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People marching on the Japanese parliament in remembrance of the 2011 disaster in Fukushim

Japan still grappling with the legacy of Fukushima a decade on

18 March 2021

On Thursday, Japan commemorates the 10th anniversary of the 3/11 Great East Japan Earthquake triple disaster. The 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck...

Japanese defence spending at the fiscal crossroads

17 February 2021

Japan’s 2021 defence budget is set to be its largest ever, continuing a near decade-long trend set in motion by former prime minister Shinzo Abe. Under...

Rethinking Japan’s refugee and asylum policy

18 January 2021

In 2020, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, under the UN Commission on Human Rights, levelled criticism against Japan’s asylum system. The...

Japan's economy not spared in 2020

21 December 2020

Japan is facing a third wave of COVID-19 infections and the waves are getting higher each time. Debate is once again raging about the government’s...

The fine print of Japan’s commitment to carbon neutrality

17 November 2020

In his inaugural speech before the Japanese Diet, newly-appointed Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga laid out his policy plan for the nation. It included...

Japan visit cements strategic ties for Prime Minister Morrison

16 November 2020

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s visit to Japan tomorrow is no ordinary state visit. It’s the first international trip of the year for Mr Morrison and he...

PM Yoshihide Suga

Political sclerosis? Suga’s stability backed by LDP gerontocracy

13 November 2020

After seven years and eight months in power, the abrupt resignation of Shinzo Abe due to health issues saw Yoshihide Suga installed as Japan’s prime...

Japan Update 2020 Videos

29 September 2020

The flagship annual conference recordings are now available for your viewing

Japan Update 2020: Japan's Choices Beyond COVID-19 — Summary

29 September 2020

Japan Update 2020: Japan's Choices Beyond COVID-19 — Summary

Can Japan lead the post-COVID-19 world in global health?

18 September 2020

After seven years and eight months, the Shinzo Abe administration — the longest serving government in Japan’s parliamentary history — ended abruptly in...

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