Interview on Monocle24 Radio’s “The Foreign Desk”

I recently spoke with Andrew Mueller of Monocle24 Radio's "The Foreign Desk" program for an episode that aired on 25 July 2020 focused on Abe Shinzō and his legacy. Mueller had read an advanced version of The Iconoclast and his questions gave me an opportunity to discuss some of my main arguments. It works well …

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“Japan in 2020: A Look at the Year Ahead,” panel at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 24 January 2020

On 24 January, I was invited to participate in "Japan in 2020," the latest iteration of an annual event hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and sponsored by the Japan America Society of Washington.Now, little more than two months later, this discussion - on a domestic politics panel with CFR's Sheila Smith and …

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“China’s Rise and the U.S.-Japan Alliance” at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs (11/4/19)

I was invited to participate in a panel at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs on 4 November 2019, where I was able to engage in a lively discussion with Professor Kawashima Shina from Tokyo University, Carnegie's Evan Feigenbaum, and Dina Smeltz from the Chicago Council. https://youtu.be/A9CC3ZO8auQ?t=4252 The symposium also featured excellent commentary from Kato …

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Upper House elections commentary

I was quoted in several articles on Japan's 21 July 2019 upper house elections: Sophie Jackman and Isabel Reynolds, "Japan's Abe Falls Short of Supermajority in Election Win," Bloomberg, 21 July 2019AFP, "Japan's Abe keeps upper house grip but no 'supermajority'"Grace Shao, "After elections, Japan’s leader Abe will be seeking a big win on trade," …

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“Japan’s Upper House Election Results,” Sasakawa USA

On Monday, 22 July 2019, Washington College's Andrew Oros and I discussed the outcome of the upper house elections held the previous day, speaking to - much to my surprise - a packed room. Photo courtesy of Ben Self Our discussion dissected the significance of the results for Prime Minister Abe, Japan's political parties, and …

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On Japan-China relations in the SCMP

I was quoted extensively in an article by Karen Yeung in the South China Morning Post. However, if Japan begins to cooperate with the initiative and is able to influence the quality of investments and reduce funding risks, China could potentially allay such criticism, according to Tobias Harris, senior vice-president at global CEO consulting and …

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