Emeritus Professor, Department of Asian Studies, University of Adelaide
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The Quad takes a big leap forward
The first leaders’ level meeting of the Quad countries on Friday establishes the group as an emerging force in the Indo-Pacific. But as Prof. Purnendra Jain argues the US, India, Japan and Australia need to be more than just a bulwark against China’s global ambitions, but exemplars at home of the values they stand for – democracy, freedom and openness.
Japan–US relations from Trump to Biden: the challenges ahead
In the turmoil of the Trump years, US-Japan relations were strained over everything from the cost of maintaining US forces in Japan to North Korea and China. Prof. Purnendra Jain argues the early signs from the Biden administration are promising and leaving Japan a little more confident in the value of its core security alliance.
Morrison Looks to Defence to Deepen Ties with Japan
Amid growing regional uncertainty, the Australia-Japan relationship has gained new importance in recent times. And as Professor Purnendra Jain writes, a face-to-face meeting of prime ministers in Tokyo and the signing of a visiting military forces agreement has been a good start for relations under Japan’s new leader Yoshihide Suga.
Meet Mr. Suga: What to Expect from Japan’s New Prime Minister
Yoshihide Suga breaks the mould of political leadership in Japan. The new prime minister is neither from a ‘blue blood’ political family nor is he a factional leader. As Japan expert Purnendra Jain writes, this self-made man and relative unknown will have to fight for his political survival against a backdrop of immense domestic and international challenge that could set the country’s course for years to come.
After Abe: Japan’s New Political Landscape
The resignation of Japan’s long-serving prime minister Shinzo Abe last week was big news not just for Japan, but the entire region. Professor Purnendra Jain, a veteran analyst of Japanese politics, unpicks the contest to replace him and the domestic and foreign policy challenges facing his successor.