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 […]
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 […]
Disaster Diplomacy for Asia and the Middle East
Over the last 25 years, the world has seen a rise in the frequency of natural disasters in rich and poor countries alike. Today, there are more people at risk […]
After North Korea’s Nuclear Test: The Dilemma of Response
Sangsoo Lee and Alec Forss discuss the dilemmas faced by the international community following from North Korea’s recent nuclear test and satellite launch.