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Meet Mr. Kishida, Prime Minister of Japan
Fumio Kishida — Japan’s next Prime Minister — has a bit in common with Scott Morrison. As former ambassador Bruce Miller writes, it will provide a solid basis for a meeting of minds with an increasingly important security and economic partner for Australia.
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.
Japan: a critical partner for Australia–US security ambitions
Japan and Australia are the two most steadfast allies of the US in Asia. Hayley Channer writes that the mix of traditional and non-traditional security threats provides a compelling logic for continued collective action.
The Tokyo Games will go on
With Tokyo and Okinawa now under a state of emergency, and the Tokyo Olympics less than two weeks away, up to 80% of the Japanese population is calling for the Games to be scrapped. However, Bill Emmott argues Japan's infrastructure leaves the country in good stead to both fight the virus and safely hold the first Games of the COVID era.
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.