Dr Donna Weeks is a professor at Musashino University Tokyo where she teaches Japanese politics and peace studies in the Department of Political Science. Much of her work is focussed on the politics and history of Japan’s relationship with Australia and the international implications of Japan’s domestic political machinations.
The shadow of Abe
The contentious changes brought about by the former prime minister will be debated for years to come.
Albanese steps cautiously through the Quad wrangle
Japan’s media enthusiastically covered the “diplomatic debut” of Australia’s new PM, expecting continuity over change.
Tokyo2020+1 wraps up as Japan’s next race begins
With candidates jostling to take over from Yoshihide Suga, a late sprint from behind can’t be ruled out.
Life in a host city, at home, live-streaming the Olympics
Watching on from a tatami floor in Tokyo, the sport is great, the geopolitics just as good.
Postcard from Tokyo 2020+1
Sport and politics make an unhappy union at one of the most controversial Olympics ever.
Japan-Australia: The chance to sweeten the deal
Scott Morrison’s trip to Tokyo should move beyond a narrow focus on defence to secure the living environment.
Suga steps in, at least for now
Japan’s new prime minister has kept the Abe cabinet largely intact, but he’ll need to prove he’s a different leader.
Beyond Covid, the chance for a broader Australia-Japan relationship
Positive public feelings towards Tokyo show how Canberra can move beyond a narrow focus on security ties.
Shinzo Abe “outside the net”
Japan’s Prime Minister is scrambling to reassert relevance while local media is searching for metaphors.