Japan


Implications Of New Developments In U.S. Protectionism

At the forefront of international headlines last weekend, senior White House officials assured U.S. President Donald Trump’s meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe would avoid all talks of trade. Instead, the focus of the trip revolved around enhancing political relations between the two countries, especially ahead of major changes […]


U.S Threatens Sanctions With Seemingly No Benefits To Iran’s Top Five Oil Exporters

On Monday, April 22nd, the United States stated that if China, India, Japan, South Korea, and Turkey continued to import oil from Iran after May 2nd, when their waivers expire, they will no longer be exempt from US sanctions. Iran has denounced these sanctions, calling them illegal, and does not […]


Japan Demands Apology From South Korea Over Remarks Of Emperor Akihito

Japan has formally requested an apology from the South Korean government after a legislator made comments regarding the current Japanese Emperor Akihito’s genealogical links to war crimes perpetrated during World War II, particularly against South Korean workers and women. Japan’s demand for an apology, in fact, came as a response […]


Japan’s Supreme Court Upholds Transgender Sterilisation Requirement

On Thursday, Japan’s Supreme Court unanimously upheld a controversial law that requires transgender people to undergo a sterilization procedure before they can apply to legally change their gender. The Supreme Court reasoned that even though the ruling implies a restriction on individual freedom, it is constitutional as the law is […]


Japan’s Withdrawal From The IWC Poses A Threat To Ecosystems And International Relations 1

On this past Wednesday, December 26, Japan announced that it will be leaving the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and will publicly resume commercial whaling in July 2019. Since the banning of commercial whaling in 1986, Japan has been “scientific whaling” in the Antarctic and selling the meat after the organs […]


South Korea’s Supreme Court Orders Japanese Firm To Compensate Wartime Employees

South Korea’s Supreme Court has ordered a Japanese steelmaker to compensate the victims of forced labour during Japan’s wartime control of the Korean peninsula between 1910 and 1945. The court ordered the company, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (NSSM) to pay 100 million won ($88,000) in compensation to each […]


As Talks Between Washington And Pyongyang Stall, Fears Over The Breakdown Of North Korea’s Denuclearization Process Rise

This past week, North Korean official Kim Yong-chol abruptly cancelled a planned meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for this Thursday.  As both countries seek to reconcile their differences and pursue détente, the latest developments in the bilateral relationship pose deep challenges for maintaining peace and stability on […]


From Tariffs To Trade: Japan Agrees To Enter Bilateral Trade Talks With The U.S.

This Wednesday at the United Nations General Assembly, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to engage in bilateral trade talks with the United States. To many, this represents a significant step forward for U.S-Japan trade. While no deals were settled, Wednesday’s conversations mark a stark shift in Abe’s historically hard […]