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Japanese Politics: “Season Three”

by Hirofumi Kawaguchi
Hirofumi Kawaguchi, Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Tokyo, explains that “The LDP’s landslide victory does not mean that Japanese voters enthusiastically support the LDP.”
When outgoing US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcomed incoming Japan Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to Washington for the first time in his new official capacity on January 18, 2013, both officials highlighted the US-Japan relationship and the alliance in particular, as a...

Japan’s Election: Watching the Wrong Hawks

by Crystal Pryor
Crystal Pryor, recent Japan Studies Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that “While Abe has been termed a ‘hawk’ or ‘nationalist’ in Western media outlets, these terms carry different connotations in American discourse than they do in Japan.”

Closer US-India Relations Benefit the United States and Mississippi

by Senator Roger Wicker (R - MS)
Senator Roger Wicker, who represents Mississippi in the US Senate, explains that “The dynamic and productive US-India relationship continues to grow from strength to strength, and there is no doubt that this partnership will play a major role in US foreign policy in the years ahead. This...

Southeast Asia Stock Markets Drawing Investors

by Chris Feddersen
The high-performing stock markets of Southeast Asia reflect high economic growth, but also political stability and a growing middle class.