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Energy shortfall reshapes Japan’s foreign policy

Since the Fukushima disaster, Japan has been forced to import much of its energy. This has created significant geo-political and economic risks and has reshaped its foreign policy. In June, Toshikazu Okuya, Director of Japan’s Energy Supply and Demand Office, presented Japan’s fourth strategic energy plan. The plan details policy options for addressing Japan’s future […]

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Why Russia is not concerned about the G7

Russia was excluded from this year’s G7 summit due to its threatening behavior in Ukraine. However, this may not be the breakdown in international relations many fear and is probably temporary. At the height of the Cold War in the 1970s, the leaders of the world’s seven most powerful democracies – the United States, Canada, […]

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US Decline Series: US shows long-term commitment to Asia-Pacific security

While rising tensions have provoked concern over the United States’ status as the region’s security guarantor, the Pacific Power is not going anywhere. This GRI series challenges the myth of the American decline. In May, a confrontation arose between China and Vietnam over the deployment of a Chinese naval rig in disputed waters. While this event […]

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China territorial deadlocks hurt regional trade

Tensions between China and several East Asian countries have heated up over the last year. Is it simply another round of disputes that have occurred multiple times since 2007, or something new? The historical wounds in East Asia never heal. Neighboring countries can live in peace and do business together as long as no one brings […]

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US Decline Series: Financial sector health makes US a sound investment

The US regulatory response to the crisis has resulted in a stronger market and equipped the US to deal with future crises. This GRI series challenges the myth of the American decline. Despite being half a decade removed from the global financial crisis, concerns remain about the health of financial systems in advanced countries. A closer […]

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Anti-China riots most damaging to Vietnam’s economy

Anti-Chinese sentiment is reaching fever pitch in Vietnam. At least twenty have been killed and hundreds injured as Beijing evacuated some 3,000 workers from the country. This marks a sharp escalation that will have profound impact on the Vietnamese economy. Since China’s deployment of a state-owned oil rig near the disputed Paracel Islands, a wave […]

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Abenomics moves ‘all in’ with April’s tax hike

While March’s wage hike by Japan came as a bright spot amidst growing concern over Abenomics, will April’s 3 percentage point tax hike rain on Abe’s parade? Since sweeping back into office in December 2012’s Lower House election, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pursued an aggressive plan—dubbed Abenomics—to create a “virtuous economic cycle” of increased […]

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Is the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank more of the same?

The Asian infrastructure market and the new investment vehicle, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), present a potentially highly attractive opportunity for investors. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has estimated that Asia needs to invest $8 trillion in national – and $290 billion in regional – infrastructure before 2020 to sustain its growth trajectory. Ambitious […]

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Escalating tensions over Senkaku-Diaoyu islands underestimated

The political risks of the Senkaku/Diaoyu island dispute are heavily mispriced in global markets. Conflict is still on the table. For more than a year now Japan and China have quarreled over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, and the tension sharpened significantly following China’s move to create a new “air defence identification zone” over the islands in […]

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Russia invests in Far East to prevent Chinese influence

Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to celebrate the New Year in the Russian Far East. Fear of Chinese influence has prompted another sign of the “Pivot Eastward” that Putin has pledged set as an element of Russian foreign policy.  This visit follows several recent, similar moves by the Kremlin. Putin dedicated a section of his annual State […]

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