“Land Apart, Shared Sky”: Sino-Japanese Relations Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic – Jamestown

Over the last several years, Sino-Japanese relations have registered steady progress. Despite the intensified international criticism directed toward the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, the administrations in both Beijing and Tokyo seem keen to maintain this newfound status quo. Russia, Cambodia, and a number of [...]

Weathering With You Movie Review: Makoto Shinkai’s New Anime

The animated Tokyo of Weathering With You is caught in the grip of a seemingly endless downpour. Rain sheets down on the waterlogged city with a dreary consistency, transforming its sidewalks into seas of puddles, and obscuring its citizens under slow-moving streams of umbrellas. On the news, the unrelenting precipitation gets described first as unseasonable, [...]

Japan, UK agree to work quickly for new trade deal | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News

The foreign chiefs of Japan and Britain have agreed to launch negotiations at an early date to conclude a new trade deal between the two countries. Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his British counterpart Dominic Raab met in Tokyo on Saturday. Raab arrived in Japan from Australia as part of a four-country tour of [...]

‘India-Japan ties have been extremely strong for decades’ – The Hindu

“The main thrust of the Indo-Japanese coordination in the Indian Ocean region centres around expanding maritime diplomacy, accompanied by specific steps to implement directives provided from time-to-time." — Read on http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/india-japan-ties-have-been-extremely-strong-for-decades/article30772917.ece

RESOLVED: Abe’s Investment in His Relationship with President Trump Has Advanced Japanese Interests | Center for Strategic and International Studies

Persisting tensions between Washington and Beijing have made it all too tempting to view the world order through the prism of great power competition, with the two biggest global economies competing to advocate for two disparate models for growth. While Japan remains fully committed to the rules of international engagement led by the United States, [...]

Delicate diplomacy: Australia needs to understand its neighbours better | The Strategist

It may pay Australian analysts to recall Samuel Huntington’s warning some decades ago that if Japan ever lost confidence in America’s commitment to lead the Asian region it might surprise the world by quickly ‘accommodating China’. — Read on http://www.aspistrategist.org.au/delicate-diplomacy-australia-needs-to-understand-its-neighbours-better/

Japan redoubles power projection focus to secure Indo-Pacific interests – Defence Connect

China's continued assertiveness in the South China Sea has prompted a resurgence in Japan's assertiveness in the region. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been a driving force in shaking off the post-Se — Read on http://www.defenceconnect.com.au/key-enablers/4001-japan-redoubles-power-projection-focus-to-secure-indo-pacific-interests

The New Great Game in the Indian Ocean

http://www.youtube.com/watch The Indian Ocean is the third largest ocean, its littoral countries are home to almost half the world’s population. two-thirds of the world’s trade passes through the Indian Ocean, including most of its oil supplies. It is no surprise then that the Indian Ocean is fast emerging as the world’s most actively contested geopolitical [...]