Hosting a military base is difficult in the best of circumstances, but some bases are more dangerous than others.
Japan is already in the midst of one delicate constitutional debate – and now it's been confronted with another.
As the tension in the East China Sea continues to mount, Japan's militaristic conservatives are putting their country on an aggressive footing.
Famously apathetic for decades, Japan's youth are up in arms over the government's efforts to make the country's constitution less pacifist.
Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull’s predecessor as prime minister, enjoyed a close relationship with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe.
Australia looks set to continue to confront its core foreign policy dilemma: balancing relations between its largest trading partner, China, and its key security partners, the US and Japan.
Japan and the US are taking no chances.
Japan has spent decades proudly staying out of military matters, but China's maritime belligerence has changed all that.
Trade minister Yuko Obuchi resigns from her post.
In a country that has had nine leaders since 2000, Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe appeared to have found the recipe for longevity. But the resignation of two ministers from his government has left him…