The Dramatic Changes of the 20th Century
Today Japan is one of the world’s largest economies, but it is facing enormous challenges on a social, cultural, financial and political level. These challenges are highlighted and analysed in the new book Japan’s Past and Present published by Bokförlaget Stolpe and Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnsons Foundation for Public Benefit, featuring themes and topics from Japanese history like identity, architecture, religion, manga, Christianity in Japan, the Samurais and many other subjects. The book includes a chapter by Lars Vargö called The Dramatic Changes of the 20th Century.
Japan’s Death Penalty System: An Analysis on the Possibilities of Suspending or Abolishing the System
Introduction From April 20-27, 2020, the 14th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, also known as the Kyoto Congress, is scheduled to be held in Kyoto. In […]
Poems that Decode Japan’s Intellectual DNA: The Ambassador’s choice
Diplomats are perhaps thought of as having a limited interest in areas outside those that concern international relations, domestic political developments in the country where they have been stationed, bilateral […]
Policies to Please Political Partners: The Development of Japan’s Intelligence Policy in the 21st Century
“Japan should move promptly to adopt the security protections required to make its inclusion in Five Eyes a realistic possibility.” Armitage and Nye (2018: 9) Introduction In 2018, Japan was […]
Pacifist Identity, Civics Textbooks, and the Opposition to Japan’s Security Legislation
Summary: This article looks at how Japanese national identity is constructed in Japanese junior high school civics textbooks and how that narrative relates to recent Japanese security policy. The article […]
Japan’s Opaque Energy Policy toward Russia: Is Abe Being Trumped by Putin?
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with his self-proclaimed deep trust in President Vladimir Putin, has made striking a historic deal on improving Japan-Russia relations a priority. The Abe administration’s […]
Japan’s Dilemma with Sanctions Policy Towards Russia: A Delicate Balancing Act
Dr. Maria Shagina gives her views on Japan’s position when it comes to following international sanctions placed on Russia. Her paper explains how the country’s strategic interests have often collided […]