The Dramatic Changes of the 20th Century
Today Japan is one of the world’s largest economies, but it is facing enormous challenges on a social, cultural, financial and political level. These challenges are highlighted and analysed in the new book Japan’s Past and Present published by Bokförlaget Stolpe and Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnsons Foundation for Public Benefit, featuring themes and topics from Japanese history like identity, architecture, religion, manga, Christianity in Japan, the Samurais and many other subjects. The book includes a chapter by Lars Vargö called The Dramatic Changes of the 20th Century.
Partners in a Post Covid-19 International Order? The EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA)
In July 2018, Japan and the EU signed both the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA). The two agreements have been described as formally ushering in […]
Japan’s Death Penalty System: An Analysis on the Possibilities of Suspending or Abolishing the System
Introduction From April 20-27, 2020, the 14th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, also known as the Kyoto Congress, is scheduled to be held in Kyoto. In […]
Policies to Please Political Partners: The Development of Japan’s Intelligence Policy in the 21st Century
“Japan should move promptly to adopt the security protections required to make its inclusion in Five Eyes a realistic possibility.” Armitage and Nye (2018: 9) Introduction In 2018, Japan was […]
Pacifist Identity, Civics Textbooks, and the Opposition to Japan’s Security Legislation
Summary: This article looks at how Japanese national identity is constructed in Japanese junior high school civics textbooks and how that narrative relates to recent Japanese security policy. The article […]
Japan’s Dilemma with Sanctions Policy Towards Russia: A Delicate Balancing Act
Dr. Maria Shagina gives her views on Japan’s position when it comes to following international sanctions placed on Russia. Her paper explains how the country’s strategic interests have often collided […]
If Not North Korea, Who Will Be Japan’s Chief Antagonist?
The last year has seen sharp turns in the relationships between North Korea and its neighbors. After tough rhetoric back and forth between the United States and North Korea, we […]