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  • Challenges Before Japan in 2012

    This Issue Brief assesses the pitfalls and opportunities as well as the likely course of action that the Japanese political leadership is going to define in the coming months.

    January 16, 2012

    Udhayan C C asked: What is wrong if India enters into a regional security pact with US, Japan and Australia?

    Shamshad Ahmad Khan replies: There is no problem if India enters into any strategic agreement with these countries. In fact India has signed various “strategic partnership agreements” with major democracies of the world including the US, Japan and Australia. However, these agreements are bilateral and not multilateral.

    Forging a multilateral security arrangement or pact is not on the agenda of Indian policy planners as they think that the countries outside this regional security arrangement might feel that such an arrangement may be aimed against them. This may lead to a security dilemma and will have negative implications for the regional security scenario.

    "Comfort Women" issue: A constant irritant in Japan-South Korea Relations

    The issue of “comfort women” continues to haunt Japan’s relations with its neighbour, South Korea. Koreans are unable to forget the atrocities committed by the Japanese military during the long colonial rule from 1910-1945 over the entire Korean peninsula.

    December 22, 2011

    Ozawa Ichiro on Trial

    With 120 members belonging to his faction, Ozawa still wields decisive influence to make or unmake the government led by the DPJ.

    October 14, 2011

    Challenges Before Noda Yoshihiko

    If Noda falters, Japan’s importance in the global community would be considerably diminished and it will be left with the role of a marginal power

    September 06, 2011

    Hurdles before a ‘Grand Coalition’ in Japanese Politics

    Significant policy differences between the DPJ and LDP and New Komeito’s unwillingness to lose its identity will prevent the formation of a grand coalition.

    June 10, 2011

    Fukushima Crisis Triggers Debate on the Future of Nuclear Energy

    The increasing debate after the Fukushima crisis has undermined the recent renaissance of nuclear power and is likely to usher in greater regulation and stringent safety measures, making alternative sources of energy cheaper and therefore more appealing.

    June 06, 2011

    Japan-China-South Korea Trilateral Summit Meet Holds Promise

    The summit ended with the hope of increased cooperation in East Asia, bolstered popular support for Sino-Japanese friendship, and set out a strategy for maintaining regional peace, stability and prosperity.

    May 26, 2011

    DPJ’s Duplicity on Futenma Base Relocation in 2009

    Wikileaks cables reveal a secret pact in which the Hatoyama administration agreed to honour the 2006 agreement on the relocation of Futenma if the US were to reject the proposed alternative.

    May 09, 2011

    Japan's New Defence Guidelines: An Analysis

    During the entire post-World War II period Japan isolated itself from the ongoing power struggle. Even during the height of the Cold War when its two neighbours – the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China – went nuclear, Japan followed the three principles of ‘not possessing’, ‘not introducing’ and ‘not manufacturing’ nuclear weapons. Successive Japanese parliaments also passed resolutions putting a one per cent GDP cap on defence spending and imposed a blanket ban on arms exports and arms-related technologies.

    May 2011

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