Do the peace talks between Japan and Russia, reopened in March 2013 by Shinzo Abe and Vladimir Putin, have any chance of success? A window of opportunity has indeed opened for an historic rapprochement between Russia and Japan.
Security Partnerships in Japan's Asia Strategy: Creating Order, Building Capacity and Sharing Burden Asie.Visions, No. 61, February 2013
During the last decade, Japan has sought partnership with many Asian nations - the drive remaining strong regardless of ruling parties. Newly elected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan is to continue this trend under the name of ‘value diplomacy".
Japan and the South China Sea: Forging Strategic Partnerships in a Divided Region Asie.Visions, No. 60, January 2013
In the midst of growing tensions with China, Japan is deepening its strategic engagement in Southeast Asia. Preserving stability in the South China Sea, which is threatened by renewed frictions around contested territories, is a vital interest for sea lane-dependent Japan. Moreover, Tokyo...
Ballistic Missile Defense in Japan: Deterrence and Military Transformation Asie.Visions, No. 59 / Proliferation Papers, No. 44, December 2012
In December 2003, Japan decided to be the second country in the Asia-Pacific to deploy a ballistic missile defense (BMD) system.
Trading Freely with East Asia: Challenges and Opportunities for EU FTAs in the Region Conference Report, Center for Asian Studies, 13 November 2012
As the fastest growing region in the world, East Asia is an important partner for the European Union, particularly at a time of economic difficulty. Asian countries have weathered the recent financial and economic crisis much better than Europe and much better than initially anticipated, with...
A EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement: Toward More Solid Economic Relations Asie.Visions, No. 55, November 2012
Until the 1990s, economic ties between the European Union and Japan were marked largely by an atmosphere of trade tension. The main reason was the persistent trade surplus that Japan maintained. Over time, however, the improvement of the bilateral trade balance and the massive direct...
The decision of the Japanese Government to purchase a number of the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands from their private owner sparked fury in Beijing. Such spikes of fever between China and Japan are not without precedent. However, the gravity of this latest episode raises the question of whether a...
Globalization of Japanese firms: Long-run Trends, Cross-sectional Variations, and Policy Implications Asie.Visions, No. 54, October 2012
Japanese firms are increasingly involved in various global business operations - not only in traditional international trade in goods, but also in offshore production and the new mode of globalization: offshore outsourcing.
Rare Earths and the East China Sea: Why hasn't China embargoed shipments to Japan? Ifri-CIGS Op-Ed Series, October 2012
As tensions persist between China and Japan in the East China Sea, it is interesting to note that one of the most symbolic actions of the previous crisis has yet to make an appearance this time around.