Japan’s Foreign Policy Messages of Early 2016


The changing face of Japan’s foreign policy—a many-year process—has been marked by several notable messages sent to the outside world in 2016 that has just begun. Firstly, it was Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s response to the request of the members…

Japan on the Eve of the Next Parliamentary Elections


National elections in the territory of the main players have a significant impact on the world’s political game. In the coming year, the US presidential elections and the Japanese parliamentary elections will be of great significance. Whoever…

Reasons Behind Abe’s Trip Across Central Asia


October 22 was marked by the beginning of a five-day trip of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe across six Central Asian states. According to the Nikkei Asian Review, during his visits to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and…

Xi Jinping’s Policy toward Japan


In the entire history of China-Japan relations, the two countries had never been in such a harsh opposition and their bilateral relations had never been so strained as in the period that followed the events of September 2012. The Japanese authorities’ decision to…

Reaction to the New Japanese Defense Legislation


Final approval of the raft of defense laws that was effected by the Upper Chamber of the Japanese National Diet (Japanese Parliament) overnight into September 19 2015, received an overall negative reaction of the Japanese society. An opinion poll…

Japan Spotlight: Is a Militant Red Sun Rising?


The 70th anniversary of the end of World War II has been momentous for many reasons. A new law enacted by the Japanese last week is not the least of a string of consequences of a new Cold War that threatens our world.  For the first time since 1945 Japanese…

New Legislation in the Field of Defense Has Now Been Adopted in Japan


Thus, during the night of 18–19 September 2015, in situation of extreme nervousness the upper house of the Japanese parliament finally ratified a number of laws in the defense sphere, which were approved two…

Shinzo Abe’s Speech on the Occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the End of the Pacific War


On August 14 the world witnessed one of those rare milestone events, based on which the trends for the further development of relations in the strategic…

Japan in Southeast Asia: new developments in their activation process


Events of the past two months confirm the previously noted Japanese widespread activation in the South China Sea and in Southeast Asia as a whole. Its aspiration to control this region proved to play a vital role in the both world wars of…

US–Japan Tandem Exerts More Pressure on China


In the recent months, the increase of direct and indirect pressure exerted on Beijing by its major regional opponents, involved in the complex network of partner relations in the strategic “China-US-Japan” triangle, has been observed. It is hard not to..

New Japanese Security Laws


Adoption of a set of 11 laws addressing the issue of national security by the House of Representatives (lower house) of the National Diet (Japanese Parliament) on July 16, 2015 is indisputably one of the most important events in today’s global politics. It is…

Japan in “Grand Manoeuvres” of May 2015


The strategic situation in the Asia-Pacific region is shaped during the course of “The Grand Manoeuvres” held by the main actors of the regional “Great Game.” The main act of the Japanese manoeuvring this May was undoubtedly the state visit of…

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