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Q&As: Japan

June 2018

Japan’s Healthcare Strategy: In Support of a New Mandate for Japan’s Chief Medical Officer


Ryo Kubota (Acucela, Keio University) discusses why greater strategic leadership will be required for Japan to address its healthcare challenges and explains how a new mandate for the country’s chief medical officer could address that need.

May 2018

Japan’s Relations with Russia and China and the Implications for the U.S.-Japan Alliance


Kazuhiko Togo surveys Japan’s foreign policies toward China and Russia, and examines the impact of these policies on the United States and the U.S.-Japan alliance.

January 2018

The Benefits, Challenges, and Necessity of Triangular Diplomacy: A Case for Enhanced U.S.-ROK-Japan Cooperation


This commentary argues for the need to re-examine the trilateral partnership and forge a functional security strategy to ensure that the golden period of trilateral cooperation with our treaty allies continues.

December 2017

Next Steps toward Allied Energy Security


Jeremy Maxie (Strategika Group Asia Pacific) and Tatsuo Masuda (Nagoya University of Commerce and Business; FairCourt Capital) highlight important initiatives of economic statecraft among the United States, Japan, and South Korea that have the potential to reshape energy security and geoeconomics in the Indo-Pacific region. They explain key energy security trends in the region and discuss several challenges to realizing the full potential of such cooperation.

November 2017

Trump Sticks to the Script, Bolsters U.S. Defense Commitments in Japan and South Korea


Scott Snyder (CFR) observes that on his first trip to Asia as president Trump has succeeded in communicating the right combination of assurance regarding the United States’ commitment to its allies and resolve in the face of the global threat posed by North Korea.

October 2017

The Outlook for the Abe Doctrine after Japan’s Election

Policy Q&A

When Japan went to the polls for a lower house election on October 22, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sought and received affirmation for his defense policy and stance on North Korea. In this Q&A, Christopher W. Hughes (University of Warwick) explains how the Abe administration is shifting Japan’s grand strategy and considers the implications of the ruling coalition’s landslide victory for this emerging Abe doctrine.

January 2017

Defining the Ends, Means, and Ways of SCS Strategy

Policy Q&A

This is an excerpt of an interview with Admiral Jonathan Greenert from the Cipher Brief.

December 2016

Japan’s Low-Carbon Transition

Policy Q&A

After making drastic cuts to nuclear power following the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi accident, Japan has been forced to re-evaluate its strategies to promote energy and environmental security. As the Japan continues its transition toward a low-carbon economy, Yu Nagatomi (Institute of Energy Economics, Japan) to understand the changes currently happening in the country.

October 2016

Strategic Culture, National Strategy, and Policymaking in the Asia-Pacific

Policy Q&A

Ahead of the release of Strategic Asia 2016–17 in November, NBR spoke with Ashley J. Tellis, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and research director of the Strategic Asia Program. Dr. Tellis explains the importance of strategic culture for understanding international relations, discusses the volume’s main findings, and assesses some of the implications for U.S. policy in Asia.

June 2016

Asia's Multipolar Nuclear Future

Policy Q&A

Matthew Kroenig (Georgetown University) comments on the key issues examined in the NBR Special Report "Approaching Critical Mass: Asia's Multipolar Nuclear Future" and explains the practical implications of a multipolar nuclear order.

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