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Shinzo Abe’s Indo-Pacific Doctrine: The Foundation of Japan’s Future Foreign Policy

One would hope that Japan will be further interested in preventing the Indo-Pacific concept from transforming into an additional source of tension in Russia–Japan relations Shinzo Abe’s recent decision to step down as Prime Minister has been one of the most noteworthy international events of recent times. This news, however, came from a country where the early resignation of a prime minister is nothing out of the ordinary....


Japan Facing a Period of “Blissful Harmony”

... Zhang Hen. Nevertheless, the choice was made in favor of the anthology “Man'yoshu” as the most ancient and prestigious collection of Japanese (Japanese, not Chinese) poetry. A few hours after the publication of the new slogan Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a statement full of “plum” allusions in which he dwelled on the “fragrance” of national culture and the desire to transform Japan into a country where every citizen could “bloom” like a plum tree after a harsh winter. In a ...


Asymmetry and Development of Russia-Japan Relations

Are Russia–Japan relations at an impasse and could Shinzo Abe’s latest visit to Russia be called unproductive? On May 25–26, 2018, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe made an official visit to Russia. This is Mr. Abe’s 21 st meeting with Vladimir Putin, which is truly unprecedented for Russia–Japan ...


Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe: Moving Upward

On December 15–16, Vladimir Putin visited Japan. The meetings with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held in Nagato (Yamaguchi Prefecture) and Tokyo resulted in several important agreements, indicating the progress in the long-standing dispute settlement. Dmitry Streltsov comments on Vladimir Putin’s visit. First and utmost, the parties ...


Emperor Akihito's Abdication Easier Said Than Done

... that only a person who can satisfactorily fulfill the emperor's constitutional responsibilities should occupy the throne, which sheds extra light on his desire to pass the mantle to the much younger crown prince. AP Emperor Akihito and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe touch a kyujyo racket and ball for dakyu, May 2015 Some media report that Akihito first considered abdication as early as a few years ago. The conservative Sankei Shimbun believes he may have shared his thoughts with immediate family during ...


Sakura Branch behind Frosted Shutters

Why Shinzo Abe’s rule does not close the window of opportunity in Russian-Japanese relations Notwithstanding the Japanese prime minister’s expected absence on Red Square on Victory Day, the end of May 2015 was marked by intensified contacts between ...


The Weakest Link in the Western Sanction Chain. Russian-Japanese Solidarity during the Ukrainian Crisis

Some argue that the American-Japanese relationship is akin to a tsar-servant hierarchy of command. However, I would describe their ties as that of a teacher-student relationship: anything students do has to be approved by their teacher, while students are allowed to ask questions, and as necessary, even can negotiate with the higher authority. Since 1945, Japanese foreign policy has been guided by a simple doctrine: follow the American lead. This has been defined through three principles: first,...


First Results of Abenomics: Growth and Social Equality

Interview with Irina Timonina Interview One year has passed since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took up his new economic policy, already labeled Abenomics, which was meant to make a landmark along the path to the revival of Japan's economy. We asked Irina Timonina , Doctor of Economics, Dean of International Relations Department at Institute ...


Japan: The Liberal Democrats Are Back in the Game

A Window of Mutual Goodwill: Japanese-Russian Relations Led by Shinzo Abe, the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP) recently won elections to the Diet’s lower house and returned to power, following its drawn out defeat in 2009 at the hands of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ). After maverick party leader ...


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