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31 october
2016
Nikolay Murashkin

Japan and Duterte’s Manoeuvres: Regional Bipolarity or Multi-Vector Politics?

On October 25–27, President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte paid his first visit to Japan. The controversial leader used the occasion to secure an economic and defence cooperation deal with Prime Minister of Japan Minister Shinzo Abe, as well as to demand that the U.S. military bases be withdrawn from the Philippines. This is a plot that the New Asian Perspectives blog finds all too familiar.

25 october
2016
Nikolay Murashkin

The Japanese Come Bearing Gifts: A Problem of Implementation

Russia–Japan relations continue to follow a familiar pattern, with the two sides still testing the waters with regard to ways of resolving the territorial dispute. Prime Minister Shinzō Abe’s brother, Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Nobuo Kishi, and then Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida, have refused to rule out the possibility of handing two of the disputed islands over to Russia, a move that would soften the traditionally hard-line approach taken by Tokyo towards the four islands that are the centre of the disagreement. Japan is using the prospect of multi-billion dollar economic cooperation with Russia as a “carrot” in the issue.

06 september
2016
Nikolay Murashkin

Russia–Japan Relations: Slowly but Surely

Vladimir Putin will pay an official visit to Japan on December 15, 2016. The President of the Russian Federation and his Japanese counterpart confirmed the news during the recent Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. The fact that the visit, which had been consistently postponed since 2014, has finally materialized indicates that bilateral relations between the two countries continue to stabilize.

08 august
2016
Nikolay Murashkin

“Iron Ladies” on the March: Is Japan Keeping Pace with Asia?

Over the last few days, two women took over important political offices in Japan. Yuriko Koike won the Mayoral elections in Tokyo; in the past, Ms. Koike held the office of Minister of the Environment in Junichiro Koizumi’s government, and the office of Minister of Defence in Shinzo Abe’s very first government in 2007. In Shinzo Abe’s new government, post-electoral reshuffling saw Tomomi Inada appointed the Minister of Defence on August 3.

21 july
2016
Nikolay Murashkin

Japan and the Arbitration Disputes in the Asia-Pacific Region: Rules-based or Case-based?

On July 12, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled in favour of the Philippines and against China’s claims to priority rights in the South China Sea. Japan supported the position of the Philippines and has stated that the verdict was final and binding. This is in line with Tokyo’s policy, which regularly calls for a rules-based order in the Asia-Pacific Region and generally focuses on the regulatory aspects of international relations.

14 july
2016
Nikolay Murashkin

A Week of Elections from A to Z

Two parliamentary monarchies in the Asia-Pacific (and bosom buddies) – Australia and Japan – held parliamentary elections at the same time. The leader of the ruling Liberal–National coalition, Malcolm Turnbull, called a general election to secure a long-term mandate for reform. Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister, needs support for economic and constitutional reforms – but with a lower risk for his own positions. The bottom line is that Malcolm Turnbull’s victory barely escaped turning into a pyrrhic one, while Shinzo Abe effectively got yet another confirmation of his mandate.