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  • Japan: Still An Exceptional U.S. Ally

    After months of contentious debate, Japan’s parliament, called the Diet, in mid-September 2015 finally passed the Shinzo Abe government’s package of eleven bills on security. This legislation, along with the revised U.S.–Japan Defense Cooperation Guidelines of April 2015, will transform the legal and institutional framework for Japanese defense policy and U.S.–Japan security relations.

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  • Lessons From a Sunken Submarine Deal

    Japan just lost a $40 billion deal to build 12 of Australia’s next-generation submarines to replace its six Collins-class vessels. Until Malcolm Turnbull became Australia’s prime minister, Japan’s bid had been considered the favorite. But competitive evaluation processes sometimes confound political expectations, and on Tuesday the French company DCNS won the contract.

Japan Political Pulse

Japan Political Pulse aggregates major opinion polls conducted by Japanese media outlets in order to provide a more accurate picture of the public approval ratings of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet.

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Issue Briefs
  • Womenomics

    According to the World Economic Forum’s 2014 Global Gender Gap Index, Japan is ranked 104 out of 142 countries in gender equality, significantly behind its developed-country peers. Limited opportunities for women, particularly for mothers, could be an important contributing factor to Japan’s demographic challenges.

  • Abenomics

    Shortly after taking power in December 2012, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe outlined a three-pronged economic policy that became known as “Abenomics.”

  • Trans-Pacific Partnership

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a regional trade agreement currently being negotiated among twelve countries: Australia, Brunei Darussalam (Brunei), Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam.

  • Collective Self-Defense

    Japan recently reinterpreted the right of Collective Self Defense as outlined by the United Nations, which refers to the right of members of the United Nations to defend other members of the United Nations.

  • Japan's Demographic Challenge

    Underlying Japan’s long-term economic struggles is profound demographic change. With a combination of low birthrates and the world’s longest life expectancy, Japan’s population is rapidly greying and shrinking.