The potential trajectory of Japan's possible nuclear path could be shaped by the aspirations and policies of not only potential adversaries such as North Korea, China and Russia, but also those of its own allies.Read More »
Japan’s Afghanistan policy: ambitions and strategies in the graveyard of empires
While increasing tensions in the Indo-Pacific stemming from fears over the PRC’s increasingly threatening posture towards Taiwan, the global economic disorder generated by Russia's February 2022 invasion of Ukraine and approval ratings plummeting for the Kishida administration may preoccupy the Japanese government for the time being, it is highly likely that Japan's Afghanistan policy will be of largely economic, and less geopolitical nature.Read More »
More than just a spectator? Japan’s involvement in the Ukraine crisis and implications for the Kuril Islands dispute
While both sides have outlined proposals for a peace treaty in 1998 and again in 2019, any hope for an agreement over the Kuril Islands was dashed following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.Read More »
Bilateral relations between Japan and Haiti
What sort of trajectory have contemporary Japan-Haiti relations followed, and which factors have defined their development?Read More »
Shinzo Abe’s assassination – prospects for a new securitisation of domestic terrorism
Abe's assassination is an entirely unprecedented event has led the Kishida administration to face an epistemological insecurity which could well shake Japan and its very post-war identity as a democratic state to the very coreRead More »
Iran and the (relative) calm after the storm: Where does Japan stand?
One key U.S. ally enjoys unexpectedly calm bilateral relations with Iran: Japan. This is especially the case in terms of bilateral trade relations.Read More »
Another year, another Prime Minister: prospects for Japanese foreign policy under Kishida -“selective hawkishness”?
How long Kishida remains in office depends on the potentially uncomfortable choices he will have to make: as the moderate leader of a conservative-dominated party, either his old dovishness will alienate the LDP right or his new hawkishness will alienate the Japanese public.Read More »
Uncomfortable allies? South Korea’s approach to the Taiwan Strait crisis through the lens of Regional Security Complex Theory
South Korea and Taiwan share surprisingly complex bilateral relations, especially considering that they have so much in common: they are US allies who have experienced far-reaching democratisation and economic growth in the past three decades, they are both former Japanese colonies and they both possess historical links with China.Read More »
Trouble at mill: Japan-Myanmar relations and implications of the coup for Japanese foreign policy
The future shape of Japan’s Myanmar policy depends on who wins the LDP leadership election. Despite their membership of the same political party, the candidates’ respective political positions vary considerably.Read More »
Taiwan and the Senkaku Islands: has Suga opened a can of worms?
Japan and Taiwan share complex bilateral relations. An important element of this complexity is that while the dispute over Senkaku Islands is principally between Japan and China, Taiwan also claims them as its own territory.Read More »