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The Japan-UK Trade Agreement and the Shadow of Brexit

Andrea A. Fischetti, Tokyo Review – 9 November 2020 In the shadow of Brexit, it has been vital for the UK to prove the worth of individual trade relationships with their vital economic partners, especially Japan. Japan has made it clear that it values its trade relationship with the EU over any strategic interests that…

Heartbreak, humiliation and tragedy for the United States

The Japan Times – 7 January 2021 This unforgiving headline was seen in The Japan Times’ article on the shocking events that unfolded at The Capitol building in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. Japan’s reaction to the riots are a mirror of many states around the world, particularly that of close allies of the U.S.. Relations…

Can the Honda e convince us to go electric?

This article, written by Simon de Burton, was originally published in The Spectator. In recent weeks I’ve been fortunate enough to have driven the new Rolls-Royce Ghost,  Bentley’s latest Bentayga and even the first completed example of Aston Martin’s £3.5m recreation of James Bond’s DB5 from the ‘Goldfinger’ film – but none turned heads quite…

The Under-Appreciated Power – Japan After Abe

By Mireya Solís. This article was originally published in Foreign Affairs. In an era of renewed great-power competition that Washington has framed as an all-out, zero-sum battle between “the free world” and a menacing China, East Asia’s other great power, Japan, has gotten short shrift. Japan does not aspire to superpower status, and its limitations…

Will the UK really join the CPTPP free-trade bloc in Asia-Pacific?

Michael Plouffe, UCL The news that Japan and the UK have reached a trade agreement in principle was heralded by the government and British press as a landmark for the UK’s post-Brexit trade ambitions. In contrast with British exuberance, the Japanese response has been rather muted, with the agreement viewed as generally comparable to the…

Yoshihide Suga – who is the man set to be Japan’s next prime minister?

Craig Mark, Kyoritsu Women’s University Yoshihide Suga is set to be Japan’s new prime minister after he was easily elected leader of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Monday. Suga is due to be formally appointed prime minister by a vote in the Japanese parliament on Wednesday, where the conservative LDP has a majority in…

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The Japan Shinzo Abe Has Left Behind

By BILL EMMOTT originally published in Project Syndicate This article by Bill Emmott considers Japan with the departure of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. By leaving office now, as modern Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe will set the terms of his departure instead of allowing dagger-wielding rivals to do it for him. He will leave…