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Water Wars

Water Wars: Japan Focused on Defense Expansion, while U.S. Makes a Soft-Power Push

Japan boosts defense spending and emphasizes defense cooperation with the U.S. and Australia as the possibility of a Taiwan emergency grows, while the U.S. makes an economic push in Southeast Asia, and countries in the region continue their maritime defense buildups.

ChinaTalk

ChinaTalk: How Abe Reshaped Japan

Abe Shinzo is second only to Xi as the most consequential East Asian politician of the 21st century. Tobias Harris of the Center for American Progress joins to discuss his new biography of Abe, The Iconoclast.

Tobias and I discuss his dramatic rise, fall and return to power; how he reshaped governance in Japan through bureaucratic reform; how he managed relations with the US and China; and how tasty his wife's izakaya is.

Asia Pacific

Korea and Japan Clash Over History and Law

South Korea and Japan, two of America’s closest allies, are tumbling into a dangerous economic-diplomatic war over a South Korean Supreme Court decision that ordered Japanese corporations to compensate Korean forced-labor victims from World War II. At the heart of the dispute is a legal disagreement over a 1965 treaty that triggers centuries of bad blood and spiritual animosity between the two countries.

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