Why Japan needs India’s talents

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe shake hands prior to their meeting in New Delhi, India, 12 December 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Anthony P. D’Costa, University of Melbourne

There is a popular saying among Indians that ‘Dubai is the best-run Indian city’. Hundreds of thousands of Indians, as well as others from the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, have been making a living in the Gulf region through temporary contract labour. Read more…

Mapping India in Japan’s infrastructure agenda

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe at a ceremony, in New Delhi, India. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Titli Basu, IDSA

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Partnership for Quality Infrastructure in Asia (PQI) aims to consolidate Japan’s regional clout among the emerging Asian economies. PQI, which is often viewed as a competing formulation vis-à-vis the Chinese mega infrastructure designs, is critical to achieving the goals of Japan’s national growth strategy.

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Japan and Australia ramp up defence engagement in the South China Sea

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull hold a joint press conference in Tokyo. The two leaders vowed to accelerate negotiations over an agreement aimed at facilitating joint operations and exercises as part of increased defense cooperation, 18 December 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Tomohiko Satake, NIDS

Amid the increasing tensions in the South China Sea the United States has called for its regional allies to more actively support its freedom of navigation (FON) operations. But despite their political support for the operations, it seems that neither Tokyo nor Canberra are willing to put their support into direct action. Read more…

Could domestic politics shake the US–Japan alliance?

US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Nuclear Security Summit. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Pandu Utama Manggala, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

Signed in 1951, the US–Japan Security Treaty and the alliance it established have endured for over six decades and continue to play an instrumental role in shaping the regional security order. But with Republican presidential nominee frontrunner Donald Trump’s ‘America first’ isolationist foreign policy views gaining traction in the United States, concerns are mounting over the future of the alliance.

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Need to face the facts in Asia

President Barack Obama listens to Chinese President Xi Jinping's opening remarks during their joint news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on 25 September 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Hugh White, ANU

The Obama administration has never plainly acknowledged that it faces a major challenge from China to the US-led order in Asia, and it has therefore never clearly explained its strategy to deal with that challenge. Because it has never been clearly explained, the strategy has never been carefully scrutinised to see whether it has a credible chance of working. Read more…

Australia’s fraught decision on submarines

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida listen to a reporter’s question during a joint press conference in Tokyo, on 11 June 2014. A submarine deal would fundamentally change the Australia–Japan security relationship. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Editors, East Asia Forum

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.

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There’s more to Japan–Australia security ties than submarines

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bow to Australian and Japanese national flags as they review a guard of honor in Tokyo on 18 December 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Yuki Tatsumi, Stimson Center

Australia’s selection of a replacement for its Collins-Class submarine, termed the SEA1000 program, is entering its final stages. The competitive evaluation process set up by Australian government is nearing completion as the five-person Advisory Expert Panel finishes up its consideration of French, German and Japanese bids. Read more…