Japan


Public Trust In Times Of Crisis – New Zealand’s Successful COVID-19 Response

In times of crisis, people look to their leaders to take decisive action. The COVID-19 pandemic has exemplified this well as the global population relies on their governments to prevent widespread infection and minimize fatalities. While many global leaders, such as U.S. President Donald Trump, have been criticized for inadequate […]


Behind The Rest: Japan Set To Declare A State Of Emergency After Calls To Enforce Tighter Restrictions Regarding COVID-19

In a bid to tackle the increasingly rapid spread of coronavirus, Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe is anticipated to declare a state of emergency in Tokyo and six other regions. In comparison to countries such as the U.S., Italy, and Spain, Japan has a relatively small number of outbreaks. Initially, […]


Tokyo Olympics Rescheduled For Summer 2021 Due To Coronavirus

The Tokyo Olympics, originally scheduled for this upcoming summer, have been moved to July 23rd, 2021 by the International Olympics Committee (IOC). The IOC announced on Monday that the Games have been rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic. This announcement comes at a difficult time for organizers, who had planned […]


Japan’s Pacifist Constitution Is Under Threat

Article 9 of the Japanese constitution states the “Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes”. This was a ground-breaking constitution, unique in history, and written in response to the atrocities committed by […]


North Korea Launches New Missiles As Negotiations Set To Begin With United States

  News of another ominous development in the tenuous diplomatic situation on the Korean Peninsula arrived Wednesday. According to National Public Radio, North Korea test-launched a new ballistic missile from the port city of Wonsan, towards the south. The missile was reported to have landed within the Sea of Japan, […]


Japan Protests As South Korea Begins Military Drills Around Disputed Islands 1

The Takeshima/Dokdo group of islets have been a flashpoint in South Korean-Japanese relations since 2001, when the islets were included in Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), as well as in Japanese history, geography, and civics textbooks, regardless of the fact that South Korea had maintained effective control over the disputed […]


Joint Sino-Russian Air Force Exercises Leads To Warning Shots Fired From South Korea

Last week Russia and China conducted their first joint air force drills in the Asia-Pacific region. The exercises involved two Chinese H-6K jet bombers, two Russian Tu-95MS bombers, and one Russian A-50 surveillance aircraft. The Chinese and Russian aircraft flew over the Sea of Japan and into the contested air […]


Japan-South Korea Tension Overview So Far

On July 5th, Japan’s prime minister imposed new restrictions on exports that could hit South Korea’s tech industry. The limitation of the export products has caused a lot of issues in the relationship between the two countries. South Korea also responded with multiples restrictions which had gotten the public to […]


Looking To The Future: The ‘New Space Race’

Space has a remarkable power to bring people together. Throughout history, civilizations and peoples have looked to the night sky and used it for a number of reasons. In 2019, everyone celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landings. Estimated to have been watched by 600 million people worldwide, […]


Trade War Between Japan And South Korea 4

Japan moved to tighten controls on exports of hi-tech materials to South Korea this month, a move that has caught Seoul off guard. These materials are vital to the production of smartphones and other technologies, and South Korean tech giants, such as Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix and LG Display, are likely to be […]


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 […]