Remorse and Reform: Abe’s Stormy Spring
From apologizing for Japan’s wartime past to collective defense and FTA negotiations with the United States, Japan faces a number of contentious issues in the coming months that call into question Prime Minister Abe Shinzô’s policies and actions. Lars Vargö sheds light on the main issues.
Japan`s Policy towards the South China Sea – Applying “Proactive Peace Diplomacy”?
Japan’s policy towards the South China Sea (SCS) is likely to have a considerable bearing on the future shape of the regional order in this region although ultimately US-China competition […]
Imitated or ignored? Foreign Firms in Japan
Inward foreign direct investment (FDI) has often been touted as a possible source of economic growth for Japan. For years, economists have argued that an influx of foreign capital and operations would have a positive […]
The forgotten success story: Japan and the methamphetamine problem
This paper examines Japan’s policy towards methamphetamine (Japanese: hiropon). Opium has been used in Japan for medicinal purposes since 1722. However, it was strictly controlled. The result was that drug […]
Bad Solutions in a Complex Situation: China’s Relations with North Korea
China’s relations with North Korea are complex with a variety of bad choices and suboptimal solutions. It could be argued that the actor that has lost most in the recent tensions […]
Speech by Niklas Swanström at the Sixth Xiangshan Forum on Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific
Paper presented by Dr. Niklas Swanström during the 6th Xiangshan Forum on Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific. Dr. Swanström participated in a panel discussion entitled Code of Conduct in Cyberspace, during which he held […]
China’s Myanmar Policy: Dilemma or Strategic Ambiguity?
Enmeshed directly and indirectly in Myanmar’s ethnic conflicts, Beijing is facing a dilemma in how to deal with ethnic Chinese irredentist groups amidst ongoing fighting in northern Shan State. Failure […]