David Walton is an Adjunct Fellow in the Meiji Centre, Western Sydney University. His interests are at the cross section of international relations and diplomatic history. David was a Senior Lecturer at WSU and has been a visiting professor at Tokyo University (Japan Foundation Fellow), Meiji University, Beijing Foreign Studies University and Seoul University.
Abe Shinzo: Australia’s “best friend” in Asia
Shinzo Abe was a pioneer of Australia-Japan relations in a complicated geopolitical region.
Biden’s comfortable style of diplomacy will be welcome for Japan
Fear within Tokyo circles that the US will become “too soft” on China missed the nuance a new administration will adopt.
Australia has lost its “best friend” in Asia
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Japan and coronavirus: Abe needs to make bold decisions
A tradition of limited touching may slow the virus spread but political missteps leave the country vulnerable.
Coping with Covid-19 as the Tokyo Olympics loom
Postponement looks likely – but a complete cancellation could be disastrous for Japan, Abe Shinzo included.
Japan: Article 9 conundrum rears its head again
The next 18 months offer Abe Shinzo his last chance as Prime Minister to amend Japan’s 1946 “Peace Constitution”.
Soft power, hard weather: Japanese resilience
A ferocious typhoon has tested Japan amid the Rugby World Cup and before the Olympics – and taught valuable lessons.
The Australia-Japan relationship: Worthy of more reflection
Our complicated relationship with China and the implications of President Trump for Australia have eclipsed thoughtful reflection on the Australia-Japan relationship.