Emeritus Professor, Department of Asian Studies, University of Adelaide
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New Japan-South Korea-US Trilateral a Test of Leadership
The new Japan-South Korea-US trilateral framework is built on historically shaky foundations, writes Purnendra Jain. The question is whether it can survive future changes of leadership.
Kishida’s perilous road ahead
The assassination of Shinzo Abe and revelations about the murky religious links to national politics has shaken the government of Fumio Kishida, raising fears of a return to the days of unstable leadership, write Purnendra Jain and Takeshi Kobayashi.
Quad momentum continues
The Tokyo Quad summit shows the group is maturing, but the real tests are still to come writes Purnendra Jain.
Is Japan Returning to the Revolving Door Leadership?
Just a year after Yoshihide Suga became Prime Minister of Japan, his sudden resignation has raised fears of a return to a “revolving door” leadership. But as Purnendra Jain writes it also offers hope for a change in politics as a young generation asserts itself.
Last weekend’s G7 summit in Britain was the first major multilateral outing for Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, a novice in foreign affairs. Japan expert Purnendra Jain writes Suga, the only Asian leader there, was able to return to Tokyo confident he had placed a Japanese and Asian stamp on the agenda of the rich-nations’ club. But at home Suga faces big domestic challenges that cast a shadow over his leadership.