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    Japan’s Step Closer to TPP

    Today, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that Japan will officially join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This comes a day after Prime Minister Abe received the okay to join TPP by his Liberal Democratic Party, a month after visiting President Obama and discussing the partnership, and more than a year since … More

    Japan: Two Years After 3/11

    Yesterday marked the anniversary of the three-tiered terror that happened to Japan two years ago. On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit off the eastern coast of Japan. The quake, along with a tsunami reaching heights upwards of 100 feet, slammed the coast of Japan, killing 19,000. The … More

    Japan: Looking to Shinzo Abe for a Brighter Future

    Following a statement by the World Health Organization on the low predictive rate for cancer in Fukushima, Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was quoted Thursday pledging his goal to restart Japan’s inactive nuclear power plants. This move, together with a renewed push to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), shows Abe’s … More

    Japan’s Economy - What Really Matters

    Japanese gross domestic product (GDP) fell for the third straight quarter (October–December) and was essentially flat for 2012 as a whole. This continues two decades of stagnation in annual output—Japan’s annual GDP in 2012 is essentially the same as 20 years ago. Stagnation is part of what motivated new Prime … More

    Heritage Welcomes Conservative Victories in South Korea and Japan

    Park Geun-hye achieved a historic victory in South Korea, becoming the first woman president in the country’s history. Park is a member of Korea’s National Assembly and leader of the conservative Saenuri Party, as well as the daughter of previous President Park Chung-hee. Many first came to know her dignified … More

    Don’t Do It, Shinzo Abe!

    Japan’s incoming prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has an unenviable task. While Mr. Abe may prove to be exactly what the country needs in terms of foreign policy, his economic promises mirror the policies that have mired Japan in two decades of stagnation. Mr. Abe has made headlines promising more aggressive … More