Japan


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 […]


Japan And Russia Still Haven’t Signed Peace Treaty 70 Years After WWII

Almost 70 years after the end of World War II, Russia and Japan still haven’t signed a peace treaty. The warring parties signed a mutual agreement to a ceasefire, but never entered into peace negotiations. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe began discussions several years ago […]