Learning to be a paper crane

Japan is a proud country, full of politeness and respect. Each person seems to have a place and the work environment is full of team… Read More

Why the Quad won’t ever be an Asian NATO

The most recent meeting of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Singapore last November suggests that the US,… Read More

Can the Quad navigate the complexities of a dynamic Indo-Pacific?

The past year has seen the revival of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, a mechanism which enables dialogue between four major democracies within the Indo-Pacific region,… Read More

Steady but slow in Australia-Japan security cooperation

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent visit to Darwin was rightly billed as historic and “deeply symbolic”. It also delivered some… Read More

Peace treaty between Russia and Japan: Who benefits?

At the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum Vladimir Putin offered to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to conclude a peace treaty “without preconditions”… Read More

Grey zone warfare at sea and Japan’s response

China’s Military Strategy states, “The traditional mentality that land outweighs sea must be abandoned.” However, China is a continental power after all; it interprets… Read More

Japan’s engagement in China’s Belt and Road initiative

Tokyo’s decision to join the Belt and Road Initiative enables Japan to seek greater business opportunities. However, to reap the greatest benefits, there are a… Read More

Abe’s South Korea challenge

Why democracy on the Peninsula presents a problem for Japan South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s push for peace on the Korean Peninsula threatens to undercut… Read More

Explaining Australia–Japan security cooperation and its prospects: ‘the interests that bind?’

Despite the recent rapid growth in Australia–Japan security ties and formal recognition of the common interests driving the 2007 Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation and… Read More

Why Australia and Japan need a Plan B

Concern over the possible decline of US power and the resilience of its commitment to underwriting security in Asia is not new. In the post-1945… Read More