Japan is a nation in flux. Economically, the government is struggling to stoke growth with expansionary monetary policy and reform; demographically, it is challenged by a rapidly aging population; and strategically, the pacifist island nation is rebuilding its military in the face of perhaps the most complex regional security environment ...

During the 2016 U.S. presidential contest, Donald Trump was highly critical of the structure and costs of the U.S.-Japan mutual defense relationship and openly raised the possibility of a Japanese nuclear deterrent. His remarks caused substantial confusion, concern, and consternation within Japan and among U.S. supporters of the U.S.–Japan alliance, which has more typically been ...

After a presidential campaign peppered with accusations of inadequate burden-sharing by Japan in its security relationship with the United States, President Donald Trump has attempted to calm fears of a U.S. retreat from its old ally. In February, the President hosted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House and ...

Narushige Michishita, an Asian security expert at the Woodrow Wilson Center, discusses Japan’s new national security law and how it could affect Japan’s ability to work with other countries in East Asia. He also addressed the potential impact this expansion of the Japanese Self Defense Forces (SDF) will have on ...

Jim Schoff is a Senior Associate with the Carnegie Asia Program.  Schoff spoke with The Cipher Brief about Japan’s new national security law and its implications within East Asia. He says that with the expansion of the Japanese Self Defense Forces, military planning and cooperation in East Asia is likely ...

In late September, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled his “three new arrows” of economic reform, indicating that the first phase of what is referred to as Abenomics was almost over. By ending the chronic deflationary trend, Abe is now expanding his focus beyond economic growth and addressing demographic issues ...

Thomas Cynkin spoke with The Cipher Brief about Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent economic reforms. Dr. Cynkin discussed potential sectors of the Japanese economy that may prove lucrative for western investors as well as explained the benefits in investing in Japan over other East Asian countries. Dr. Cynkin is ...