Japan is believed to be winning the race to build Australia’s new submarine fleet.
The principal consequence of Australia's inevitable but little-debated decision to acquire submarines is to contribute to a rapidly escalating regional arms race.
The size and pace of activity in Tokyo can be overwhelming, but at the human scale the city has an incredibly rich layering of experiences built over generations.
The concept of living heritage can help us make decisions that go beyond preserving historical facades to protect and add to, rather than freeze, the stories and layers of the past.
Japan: not getting any younger.
Worries about overpopulation aren't being felt everywhere.
Elementary school students about 13 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant walk past a geiger counter in 2012.
Remediation will never get radiation to zero in the area affected by the 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant. Rather than safety, the conversation should focus on acceptable risk.
Thousands of bags of radioactive rubble near Fukushima, 2016.
The nuclear operator was nowhere near adequately covered for the disaster. And it's not just a Japanese problem.
Laying the groundwork. Workers prepare for this week’s meeting.
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The world economy needs China, but Beijing has needs of its own. No wonder the leadership is putting so much effort into a year of negotiation.
Defence Minister Marise Payne is still to announce who will build Australia’s next generation of submarines.
The defence white paper is silent on where Australia's new fleet of 12 submarines will be acquired.
China and Japan don’t get on. This is a problem for them and for the rest of the world given their economic and strategic importance. It hasn’t always been this way, though. Japan once acknowledged China’s…
With a quarter of the population aged over 65, Japan has had to be innovative in catering for their wants and needs.
Japan's ageing population is at the point that Australia is forecast to reach in 2056. The Japanese have had to develop new models of aged care in the community and we can learn a lot from them.
A Japanese fish found in Washington after hitching a ride in a boat sent across the Pacific Ocean by the 2011 tsunami.
The 2011 Japan tsunami illustrates how more marine creatures are crossing the oceans than ever before - and not all of them are friendly travellers.
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.
Who’s the moss?
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In a country known for its eccentric tastes, is this simply another flash-in-the-pan fad?
Can Australians stomach a small, scientifically-sound whale harvest?
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The clash between Australia and Japan over whaling is undermining science-based environmental law.
Japan will kill Minke Whales in the Southern Ocean under the new whaling program.
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Japan's whaling fleet will leave port today to resume whaling in the Southern Ocean as part of its new scientific program, NEWREP-A.
The savory tastes so closely associated with Thanksgiving recall umami, which was ‘discovered’ more than 100 years ago by a Japanese chemist.
When you enjoy the delicious, savory foods of Thanksgiving, you're experiencing umami, the fifth taste, with a little-known history rooted in Japan.
Japan’s scientific research program, JARPA II, was found contrary to international law in 2014.
Japan has effectively removed any legal challenges to its controversial whaling program, revealing a flaw in international law.
Japan’s “internet cafe refugees”.
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A satirical manga cartoon of a Syrian refugee child has had the internet up in arms – but there's plenty more tone-deafness where that came from.
Japan agreed to lower tariffs on beef as a part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Japan's decision to lower or eliminate tariffs on rice, pork and beef may end up giving the prime minister a headache as he tries to get the trade accord through Parliament.
So strong is public opposition to his miltarist policies that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, having ignored the popular will, faces questions about democratic representation.
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Shinzo Abe’s government (now in its second term) has consistently been vocal about Japan's national defence.