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How US should deal with Japan’s next leader

US officials might have been hoping Taro Kono, Japan’s current defense minister, would be the next prime minister. But it almost certainly will be Yoshihide Suga, outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s long-serving chief cabinet secretary.  Suga is what might be called a typical Japanese politician.…

Washington will find it misses Abe

The author published this article four years ago, under the headline “Note to Washington: Enjoy Abe while you have him,” and says he “wouldn’t change it much at all” now that Abe has announced his resignation. Note to Washington: Enjoy Abe while you have him…

The case for bringing Japan into the Five Eyes

Japan wants into the so-called Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance between the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It already cooperates with the Five Eyes, but that’s not the same as being a club member. Tokyo has wanted to join for years. Japanese…

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