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Asia Pacific Bulletin: Australia and Japan: Allies in Partnership

by Malcolm Cook and Thomas Wilkins
In a new Asia Pacific Bulletin Malcolm Cook and Thomas Wilkins explain how the Japan-Australia strategic partnership is now becoming a well-developed and durable fixture in the evolving Asia-Pacific security order. Despite being the so-called northern and southern anchors of the US...

Tōhoku Region Matters for America

by Grace Ruch
The record-breaking March 11th earthquake off the coast of Japan caused skyscrapers to sway in Tokyo and tremors across the main island of Honshu, but it was the Tōhoku region, Japan’s northeast, that bore the brunt of nature’s fury. The three Pacific-facing prefectures nearest the...
In contrast with the dwindling number of Japanese exchange students, as covered in part 1 of this series, more Americans studied in Japan in 2009 than ever before; 5,784 contributed to a steady upward trend. The number of US students in Japan has increased 57% over the course of the...
Nearly 5,800 Americans studied in Japan in the 2008/2009 academic year, the highest number ever, according to the 2010 Open Doors Report released by the Institute of International Education. The number is 1.3% greater than the previous year, continuing an upward trend. Even with this...
In a new Asia Pacific Bulletin, Jeffrey Hornung analyzes the short-term prospects of the Kan government in Tokyo. “When the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) kicked the Liberal Democratic Party out of power in 2009, there was some sense of hope amongst the Japanese that things would...
Contacts between the Japanese and US intellectual community have been in decline over the past decade according to a new report entitled “Reinvigorating US-Japan Policy Dialogue and Study” released by the Japan Center for International Exchange. A direct consequence has been fewer...

Pakistan to replace Indonesia as country with largest Muslim population by 2030

by Aaron Siirila
The world’s Muslim population is projected to grow at twice the rate of non-Muslims over the next 20 years, increasing by 35% to 2.2 billion people in 2030, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. However, the growth rate for Muslim populations over the next 20 years,...

Free Trade Agreements in Comparison

by Damien Tomkins
Since 2002, spurred into action partly as a reaction to the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, partly as a response to stalled WTO talks, and partly as a result of other countries embrace of Free Trade Agreements (FTA), Japan has engaged in bilateral Preferential Trade Agreements with at least...

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