Japan

The “Squad” is a welcome spin-off, but the Quad is the main game
The “Squad” is a welcome spin-off, but the Quad is the main game
In light of the successful first-ever US-Japan-Philippines trilateral summit and joint maritime patrols in the South China Sea involving the United States, Japan, Australia, and…
“Squad” goals: Consolidating the new quadrilateral partnership
“Squad” goals: Consolidating the new quadrilateral partnership
A few days ago, US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin hosted his counterparts from three allied nations – Japan, Australia and, crucially, the Philippines – in Hawaii, also home to…
Japan is insulating itself from America’s turbulent politics
Japan is insulating itself from America’s turbulent politics
Japan, the closest US ally in Asia, was in the crosshairs during Donald Trump’s presidency, despite efforts by the late prime minister Shinzo Abe to cultivate a close relationship…
Japan: Can foreign policy achievements save Kishida?
Japan: Can foreign policy achievements save Kishida?
A visit to the United States this month has further added to Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio’s growing list of foreign policy achievements, even as his administration…
Australia’s Southeast Asia trade stumbling block
Australia’s Southeast Asia trade stumbling block
Australia recently announced the creation of a $2 billion Southeast Asian Financing Facility to increase trade and investment in the region. While this is a good start, to get the…
A wave of US trilaterals sends a clear message to China
A wave of US trilaterals sends a clear message to China
After months of speculation, the White House has confirmed the inaugural Trilateral Leaders’ Summit between Japan, the Philippines and the United States. On 11 April, US President…
A closer look at the rising popularity of Japan’s Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa
A closer look at the rising popularity of Japan’s Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa
In September 2023, Japan’s Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa became the first female foreign minister of Japan in 20 years, and she has since showed off her skills as an effective…
Should Japan expand its security partnerships in the Pacific?
Should Japan expand its security partnerships in the Pacific?
This month, Japan hosted defence and security officials from 14 Pacific Island countries and Western allies for the 2nd Japan Pacific Islands Defence Dialogue. The multilateral…
The message Japan sends by backing Ukraine
The message Japan sends by backing Ukraine
Since the Russian invasion in 2022, Japan has emerged as a steadfast supporter of Ukraine. The notoriously immigration-resistant Japan has so far accepted 2,500 Ukrainian refugees…
Why Japan’s de‑risking response to China is incoherent
Why Japan’s de‑risking response to China is incoherent
While “de-risking” has only recently entered the strategic vocabulary of Western policymakers, Japan has sought to de-risk its economy from China for well over ten years. Yet, the…