Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has taken on an ambitious task: addressing and trying to fix the extensive gender imbalance in his country’s labor market, a policy now known as “Womenomics.”
Tokyo cannot play the same security role in Asia that Washington does, nor does it want to. What it is seeking, however, under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is to slowly reshape regional security relations.
A White House official recently criticized the decision of a number of European countries seeking membership in the AIIB – the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank – something that the U.S. is unlikely to do. The AIIB will also face competition from the larger China Development Bank, and just how much effect the new institution will have has been questioned.
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Coral reefs and concrete runways may not capture our imagination, but they are one piece of an increasingly complex security puzzle in Asia.
Twenty years ago today, Japan suffered its worst terrorist atrocity, the sarin gas attack on Tokyo’s subways by the religious cult known as Aum Shinrikyo.
Twenty years later, there are still lessons to be learned from the atrocities committed by the Japanese terrorist group once known as Aum Shinrikyo.
Despite another double-digit budget increase, the PLA may be headed for hard times as the Chinese economy stagnates and continental security concerns divert military resources away from the maritime domain.
Abe may soon run up against the limits of his ability to take the initiative in Asia, but given widespread concern over China’s intentions, he will likely be able to continue surprising observers with his willingness to push boundaries.