Emeritus Professor, Department of Asian Studies, University of Adelaide
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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.
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.