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.
Through reinterpreting the constitution and bidding to build Australia’s submarines, Shinzo Abe is leading Japan towards a more assertive strategic posture.
If construction of its submarines in Australia proceeds, it will be Japan’s first postwar export of a major combat weapons system.
Many people outside China find it hard to understand its obsession with history. Appropriately enough, however, a little historical context can help to explain this. China has had more recorded history…
Wilfred Burchett’s career should be judged on all his achievements and not reduced to a single solitary story.
Wilfred Burchett wrote stories about war that the Australian and US governments preferred not to be told. For this, he paid the price.
Australia’s traditional reliance on multilateralism and alliances won’t be enough to negotiate the geopolitical rivalries of the Asian century.
For the past two centuries, Australia got many of the big calls on global engagement right. In our third century, there are worrying signs that we have not fully grasped what the rise of Asia means.
Protesters at the restart of Japan’s Sendai 1 reactor.
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The restart of Japan's nuclear reactors is good news for climate change. But there are still large psychological barriers to overcome.
What is it about northeast Asia? Why is it that a part of the world that is a byword for unparalleled economic development and astounding social transformation can’t come to terms with its past and develop…
Japan’s neighbours will interpret whatever Shinzo Abe says about his nation’s wartime aggression in the light of his government’s shift to more hawkish policies.
In the West, it is often forgotten that 1945 marks the end of not only the second world war but also of a much longer period of political and social upheaval in Asia.
Storm clouds are gathering in the Pacific.
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Disputes over intellectual property and car parts are emerging as last-minute hurdles as negotiators race to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership ahead of elections.
Japan has higher debt levels than Greece and yet it doesn't need international bailouts. Why?
Atomic cloud over Nagasaki.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki were but two cataclysms among many: in the literal sense, they were unremarkable.
Flying the imperial flag at the Yasukuni Shrine.
Japan has never apologised for many of the things it did during World War II – and nor does it tell its schoolchildren about them.