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  • LDP’s Battle Royale: Road to Power for Japan’s Next Leader

    With House of Representatives’ four-year term ending in October, and a general election lined up in Japan, the Liberal Democratic Party needs a leader who demonstrates statesmanship, political vision, boldness in imagining innovative policy responses, and who enjoys popular support.

    September 09, 2021

    Framing Japan’s Economic Security Agenda

    The COVID-19 pandemic has situated the policy conversation on economic security at the centre stage of national security calculus not just in US and Europe but also in Japan. For Japan, it would entail attaining “strategic autonomy” in critical supply chains at the national level, and pursuing “strategic indispensability” at the global level.

    August 25, 2021

    Tokyo Olympics: A Game-changer in Japan’s Looming Election Season?

    Two key elections are approaching in Japan. As Prime Minister Suga seeks public mandate with just one year's report card amidst a pandemic, his political future is contingent on rapid inoculation and a successful Olympics.

    July 01, 2021

    Post-Abe Japan’s Ties with the United States

    Despite change in leadership in Japan, the new Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide looks set to continue the policies of his predecessor, Abe Shinzo. Both domestic and external factors may affect policies.

    November 24, 2020

    Abe Shinzo: Japan’s Visionary Statesman

    Abe Shinzo made his mark as an astute statesman in international politics with intellectual bandwidth and a global vision to conceptualise grand strategic constructs such as the Free and Open Indo-Pacific anchored on universal values.

    September 03, 2020

    Russo-Japanese War: An Examination of Limited War Strategy

    The Russo-Japanese War was fought well over a hundred years ago and symbolised the rise of Japan, as it defeated Russia by executing a near-perfect limited war strategy. Japan incisively defined limited political objectives and calibrated its war strategy accordingly.

    July-September 2020

    Rewiring Japan’s National Security Strategy in Post-COVID Indo-Pacific

    With Chinese unilateral efforts altering the maritime status quo on the one hand and lack of progress on denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula on the other, Japan is revisiting its strategic options.

    August 20, 2020

    Pre-emptive Strike Capability: Shifting Winds in Japan?

    Japan’s quest for pre-emptive strike capability indicates a major shift in its defence doctrine. It is only a matter of time before Japan takes up such an offensive defence doctrine carrying a high possibility of conflict initiation/escalation with it.

    July 24, 2020

    Between Olympics and Pandemic: Abe’s Run-up to 2021

    Whether Abe can turn the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic into an opportunity to demonstrate decisive leadership will define Japan’s future course, as the resilience of the economy and good governance is at stake.

    April 12, 2020

    Japan’s Lost Moment in Osaka

    While Japan envisions its role as a leading promoter of rules-based liberal international order, the G20 tested Japan’s leadership in championing the cause of trade liberalisation and resisting protectionism.

    July 12, 2019

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