The new Japanese assertiveness in Asia Pacific

There is little certainty as to whether Japan's efforts will contribute to the resolution of the disputes in the region.

by Richard Javad Heydarian

War & Conflict

Japan enacts laws allowing combat missions abroad

Critics say military engagement in conflicts for reasons other than self-defence is breach of pacifist constitution.


Japan's opposition regroups to protect constitution

New Democratic Party wants to save Japan from one of the "deepest crises of democracy it has faced in 70 years".

War & Conflict

India and Japan get closer as China flexes its muscles

Beijing's cloak-and-dagger moves in the South China Sea and beyond has led to Tokyo and New Delhi become more amicable.

by Rupakjyoti Borah

War & Conflict

Japan's two-track North Korea policy in a shambles

After repeated and renewed provocations by the North, the gig is up for Abe and his two-track approach with the North.

by J Berkshire Miller


Japan invests $12bn for India's first bullet train

On a visit to New Delhi, PM Shinzo Abe announces high-speed train deal along with defence and nuclear agreements.


Japan snubs court ruling to resume 'research' whaling

Activists voice anger as Ministry of Fisheries announces "research" whaling to begin again in March under revised plan.

Poverty & Development

Dawn of a new age in Asia?

While Northeast Asia resembles the West in terms of wealth and tech prowess, it is also a place filled with animosity.

by Richard Javad Heydarian

Business & Economy

Japan Post companies net $12bn in biggest IPO

Sale of shares in state-owned company raises a combined $11.9bn in world's largest initial public offering this year.


S Korea and Japan leaders meet for first time in years

First bilateral meet between Park Geun-hye and Shinzo Abe expected to touch on historical differences between nations.

War & Conflict

Japan security bill prompts heated debate

Upper house to vote on legislation that would allow troops to fight on foreign soil for first time since World War II.


Japan: Taking to the streets to combat militarism

After decades of pacifism since WWII, conservative government now wants the military to be able to fight overseas.


Japan says PM will not attend military parade in China

Shinzo Abe cancels trip next month where he would have attended parade commemorating the anniversary of the end of WWII.


Abe vows nuclear free Japan on Nagasaki anniversary

Japanese PM pledges future free of nuclear weapons as Nagasaki commemorates 70th anniversary of atomic bombing.


Japan calls US spying reports 'deeply regrettable'

WikiLeaks intercepts reveal National Security Agency spied on trade officials of its closest ally in Asia.