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WALTER HAMILTON. An Emperor Asks to Step Down

In August 2016, Japan’s Emperor Akihito took the highly unusual step of asking publically to be relieved of his duties – to be able to abdicate.  The government is still mulling over its response many months later. The article below … Continue reading

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Editors, East Asia Forum. Australia’s fraught decision on submarines

The submarine deal would fundamentally change the Australia-Japan security relationship. Australia is about to embark on its single biggest ever military acquisition. The Future Submarine Program (SEA1000) will see Australia purchase 12 submarines to replace its ageing Collins-class fleet. The … Continue reading

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Walter Hamilton. A Death in Tokyo

A bespectacled, middle-aged man wearing a suit and tie climbed onto the steel rafters above a footbridge in Tokyo’s busy Shinjuku district and, using a megaphone, began to address passers-by below. According to witnesses, he spoke out against the Japanese … Continue reading

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