Tokyo’s decision to join the TPP talks has triggered a flurry of activity in international trade negotiations—evidence that Japan still occupies a vital position in the regional and world economy. Political analyst Katsuyuki Yakushiji argues that the government’s ability to leverage that position in diplomatic negotiations will have a major impact not only on the shape of the TPP itself but also on Japan’s political relations with other countries in the region.
The nuclear disaster triggered by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami spurred the DPJ government to undertake a wholesale review of Japanese energy policy. But the future of energy reform has grown murky since the LDP returned to power last December. Hikaru Hiranuma outlines the challenges facing Japan and calls on the government to present a bold and coherent plan for tackling them.
At first glance, Japan and India seem natural partners. Yet interaction has been low until recently, when both Tokyo and Delhi have perceived a coalescence of policy priorities. Visiting fellow Vicky Tuke examines the evolution of Japan’s policy towards India and explores how Japan, through a deeper understanding of India's potential, can capitalize on India's rise.
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