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Kim Jong-un’s Sword of Damocles

Author: Shigemura Toshimitsu

Categories: In-Depth with Nippon.com

In the wake of multiple missile launches and a fifth nuclear test by North Korea, Pyongyang watcher Shigemura Toshimitsu offers insights into Kim Jong-un’s motivations while calling for a dramatic escalation of international sanctions.

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Climate Politics in Japan

Author: Ken Sofer

Categories: Sasakawa USA Forum

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 1

The 2015 Paris climate agreement was a significant achievement in international efforts against climate change, but the agreement’s success will depend heavily on the domestic politics of major emitters such as Japan and the United States. As the agreement enters the implementation phase, it is crucial for U.S. policymakers to understand the roles, interests, and relative power of the numerous political actors in Japan’s climate policy process.

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As Iran Prepares to Reengage, Japan is Waiting

Author: Miyata Osamu

Categories: In-Depth with Nippon.com

On July 14, 2015, an agreement was reached in negotiations between Iran and the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council concerning the end of its nuclear energy program, and preparations began for the lifting of international economic sanctions. Japan, which has participated in the sanctions since 2006, has started paving the way as well. The restoration of economic relations with Iran, home to the fourth-largest volume of petroleum deposits and reportedly the largest volume of natural gas reserves on the planet, would be enormously important to Japan, which could acquire a reliable petroleum supplier and thereby help ensure its own energy security.

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