Japan’s sanctions policy vis-à-vis Russia: Implications for Western sanctions unity

Author: Maria Shagina

Categories: Sasakawa USA Forum

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 15

Japan’s symbolic sanctions towards Russia after its annexation of Crimea and the ensuring crisis in Eastern Ukraine allowed the country to balance between the West and Russia in the short run, but they may be counterproductive for Japan’s territorial negotiations with Russia and the effectiveness of Western sanctions in the long run.

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Post-LDP Leadership Election: What’s Next for Japanese Politics?

Tobias Harris, Sasakawa USA Fellow for Business, Economy and Trade, was joined by Prof. Toshihiro Nakayama, Japan Fellow at the Wilson Center, for a September 21, 2018, policy lunch talk on the Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) presidential elections held the previous day. The discussion was moderated by Sayuri Romei, Sasakawa USA’s Associate Fellow for Security and Foreign Affairs.

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Roundtable with Diet member Katsuyuki Kawai on U.S.-North Korea Summit Diplomacy

Sasakawa USA hosted Mr. Katsuyuki Kawai, Liberal Democratic Party Diet member and Special Advisor for Foreign Affairs to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on July 2, 2018, for a speech and discussion entitled “U.S.-North Korea Summit from Japan’s Point of View: Big Shockwaves from A Small Singapore Island.” Sasakawa USA Associate Fellow for Security and Foreign Affairs, Sayuri Romei, introduced Kawai and moderated the discussion section of his visit.

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June poll watcher: despite fluctuations, Prime Minister Abe recovers in the polls

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

According to Sasakawa USA’s Japan Political Pulse ten-day moving average of opinion polls, over the course of June, the Abe government’s net average approval has risen from -14 at the start of the month to roughly 0 by the end of the month. Despite continuing scandals and lack of public trust in the Prime Minister, Abe continues to provide many Japanese voters with a “sense of stability.”

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