Abe was Japan’s longest-serving post-war PM. His legacy, while considerable, is mixed.
More gunboats and weapons in the Asia-Pacific region will not enhance regional or global security.
Since 1945, Japan’s constitution has barred the country from possessing an army, navy or air force. All that could soon change.
Japan has a very poor record on promoting gender equality – and it’s political system is no exception.
The Japanese prime minister has announced he will not seek re-election as party leader ahead of a general election later this year.
But it’s the taking part that counts.
The new Japanese prime minister, Yoshihide Suga’s rejection of six scientists nominated for an advisory panel has raised concerns over academic freedom.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet reshuffle is an exercise in illusion. Yet it reveals some unwelcome truths about his political present - and future.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe needs the US to confront North Korea, revitalize Japan’s economy and boost his standing at home. And he knows flattery is the way to this president’s heart.
Japan’s 86-year-old Emperor Akihito abdicates on April 30 — an exceedingly rare event for this ancient monarchy. Can his son, Prince Naruhito, give Japan’s royal family a modern makeover?
As Japanese imperialism rose and fell, its leaders interpreted and re-interpreted a single distinctive concept: “bushido”.
Support for asserting Japan’s military might in response to threats from North Korea and China may destabilize the region.
How did a man once suspected of dubious far-right sympathies end up on the threshold of a record third term?
Japan’s security is based on the guarantee that America will protect it, come what may – but that guarantee may no longer be reliable.
The changes required of a textbook that referred to a bakery – an “inappropriate” form of Japanese culture – illustrate how the system falls short of its goals of deliberative and critical education.
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.
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.