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The Australia-India-Japan-US Quadrilateral: Dissecting the China Factor
Aug 10, 2020

The Australia-India-Japan-US Quadrilateral: Dissecting the China Factor

This paper analyses the domestic compulsions in Australia, India, Japan and the US that are influencing their positions on the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad). The paper notes that as the four countries are becoming increasingly aware of the risks posed by China’s rise over the last few years, they have sought to converge to the Quad. For Australia, the concerns are over trade dependency on China, and China’s sharp power projection and

The breakthrough with Japan
Nov 15, 2016

The breakthrough with Japan

In signing the civil nuclear deal with India, Japan has made an exception of not conducting nuclear commerce with a state that is not a signatory to the NPT.

The China challenge for the US-Japan-South Korea trilateral
Jan 11, 2024

The China challenge for the US-Japan-South Korea trilateral

China looms large in the trilateral in most matters from security to trade

The DPJ and the Parliamentary Stalemate in Japan
Feb 09, 2011

The DPJ and the Parliamentary Stalemate in Japan

The Democratic Party of Japan ( DPJ ) has been in power for about a year and a half. Despite scoring a landslide victory in the House of Representatives election in August 2009, the ruling party has failed to cash in on this great opportunity.

The East Asian opportunity: Prioritising Japan and Korea in India’s green hydrogen strategy
May 27, 2024

The East Asian opportunity: Prioritising Japan and Korea in India’s green hydrogen strategy

As India strives to become a green hydrogen hub, it needs to exploit the export opportunities presented by Japan and South Korea.

The implications of the PRC’s annexation of Taiwan for Japan, the US, and India
Jan 05, 2023

The implications of the PRC’s annexation of Taiwan for Japan, the US, and India

The Indo-Pacific states confront a real possibility of having China in their strategic backyard if the PRC successfully annex Taiwan in the coming yea

The India-Japan-France trilateral cooperation to tackle the rising Chinese hegemony
Feb 12, 2021

The India-Japan-France trilateral cooperation to tackle the rising Chinese hegemony

India, France and Japan — despite different geographies — share similar interests in the Indo-Pacific.

The Japanese imperial visit to India
Jan 08, 2014

The Japanese imperial visit to India

Despite all the developments, there is still a feeling that the potential of the bilateral partnership has not been fully tapped. For instance, the total annual volume of the bilateral trade is still about $18 billion.

The Japanese plan for strategic investment in India
Aug 31, 2020

The Japanese plan for strategic investment in India

What has happened in the interregnum to see an uncharacteristic rapid change in attitude?

The Japanese PM's predicament for survival
Feb 13, 2012

The Japanese PM's predicament for survival

In the run-up to the crucial Diet session, Japanese Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko has effected a cabinet reshuffle, bringing in key changes. But will it produce the desired results as the government needs the support of the LDP-New Komeito combination for parliamentary approval of its reforms?

The limitations of India-Japan partnership
Feb 04, 2014

The limitations of India-Japan partnership

While it might be politically palatable to consider a purely Asia-Pacific strategic partnership to maintain stability in the region, this will be strategically short-sighted because no such partnership will have the military muscle or diplomatic heft to achieve its objectives.

The oil link: Understanding Japan’s Israel-Palestine policy
Nov 06, 2023

The oil link: Understanding Japan’s Israel-Palestine policy

The ongoing Hamas-Israel conflict demands a delicate balance from Tokyo, as it navigates its relationships in the Middle East alongside its internatio

The rising sun in India-Japan relations
May 01, 2021

The rising sun in India-Japan relations

New Delhi should be confident that Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is willing to accord primacy to bilateral ties

The significance of upcoming Japan⎯China⎯South Korea trilateral
May 05, 2018

The significance of upcoming Japan⎯China⎯South Korea trilateral

The trilateral meeting will take place on 9 May 2018. It assumes considerable significance for several reasons.

The state of play in Sino-Japanese relations
Jun 14, 2017

The state of play in Sino-Japanese relations

The expression "economically warm and politically cold" is perhaps very apt to characterise their relations in recent years.

Thoughts for Japan's New Defence Plan
Sep 23, 2010

Thoughts for Japan's New Defence Plan

The security problem of Japan is something of a Gordian Knot. A feeling is spreading among Japanese that they have seen the American forces on their land for too long, for sixty-five years continuously, and the people are fed up with them.

Tokyo summit consolidates India-Japan partnership
Nov 01, 2018

Tokyo summit consolidates India-Japan partnership

At the bilateral level, both leaders have discussed a wide array of issues, including defence cooperation, connectivity programmes and Japan’s deepe

Towards building a multi-dimensional India-Japan partnership
Mar 11, 2009

Towards building a multi-dimensional India-Japan partnership

Text of the keynote address delivered by Prof. K. V. Kesavan in the symposium Changing Perception of Japan in South Asia in the New Asian Era: State of Japanese Studies in India and other SAARC Countries

Under the Radar, Above the Norm: The Evolving Dimensions of Thai-Japanese Cooperation
Mar 27, 2024

Under the Radar, Above the Norm: The Evolving Dimensions of Thai-Japanese Cooperation

Japan-Thailand relations are understated, yet dynamic and continuing to evolve. The two have worked towards fortifying their ties across various sectors, including defence, investments, and energy, undergirded by a mutual commitment to regional stability and economic prosperity. A paramount interest is navigating the geopolitical complexities of the times, amid growing external threats that necessitate deeper security cooperation comprising bilat

UNESCO caught in the Japan-Korea crossfire
Jun 02, 2015

UNESCO caught in the Japan-Korea crossfire

Historical issues straining Japan-Korea ties have severely limited the two countries to leverage their strategic and economic convergences to strengthen their partnership which could contribute a lot for regional peace and stability.

US's China policy is changing, say Japanese scholars
Jun 29, 2012

US's China policy is changing, say Japanese scholars

Prominent Japanese scholars feel that the United States' position is changing vis-à-vis China. They also think that Tokyo was wary of the possibility where the US and China might cut a deal.

US's total power cannot be challenged by China, says Japanese expert
Oct 16, 2014

US's total power cannot be challenged by China, says Japanese expert

The increased interdependence between the various players in the East Asia region is a potential area that needs to be harnessed more effectively to foster the relations and avoid the territorial conflicts and animosity, according to Hitoshi Tanaka of the Japan Research Institute.

US-Japan alliance after Obama's visit
May 08, 2014

US-Japan alliance after Obama's visit

During the US President's visit to Asian countries, Obama and Abe underscored their commitment to economic and security cooperation with ASEAN countries where Chinese influence has seen a marked surge in recent years.

US-Japan dilemma over China-led AIIB
Apr 01, 2015

US-Japan dilemma over China-led AIIB

The US and Japan have decided to opt out of joining the AIIB though many important US allies like Germany, UK, Australia and South Korea have joined the China-led initiative. Strong business groups in Japan, however, worry that they might miss many investment opportunities which could now go to many developed Western countries.

US-Japan Summit: Future-proofing the Indo-Pacific
Apr 16, 2024

US-Japan Summit: Future-proofing the Indo-Pacific

For Japan, which is facing growing Chinese belligerence, combining capacities with the US with a new strategic intent may just be what it needs

Veer Guardian 2023: Maiden India-Japan Air Exercise to Begin
Jan 12, 2023

Veer Guardian 2023: Maiden India-Japan Air Exercise to Begin

The China factor has steadied the two nations’ strategic partnership, despite their differences of opinion on other matters.

What does the new 2+2 Dialogue mean for the India-Japan relationship?
Jun 10, 2019

What does the new 2+2 Dialogue mean for the India-Japan relationship?

One of the primary objectives for both New Delhi and Tokyo is to prevent the rise of a unipolar Asia dominated by one single hegemonic power. It is this political objective that has been driving the relationship.

What Japan and India stand to gain from Shinzo Abe's victory
Oct 25, 2017

What Japan and India stand to gain from Shinzo Abe's victory

Prime Minister Abe has been one of the strongest pillars of the India-Japan bilateral ties since 2006.

What this China-Japan friendship means to India and the South China sea conflict
Nov 05, 2018

What this China-Japan friendship means to India and the South China sea conflict

Japan knows India is the best possible regional counter-weight to a rising China. At the same time, it has to work with China to counter global uncertainties.

What will Japan do in the future?
Nov 03, 2008

What will Japan do in the future?

Prof Eiichi Katahara and Prof Marie Izuyama, two distinguished scholars from the National Institute for Defence Studies, Tokyo visited ORF on 11 March 2008 to initiate a seminar which was largely attended by scholars, journalists, diplomats, etc.

What’s next for India-Japan defence relations?
Sep 07, 2019

What’s next for India-Japan defence relations?

While the impetus for closer alignment is clear, much work remains to be done on the security side and within the wider bilateral relationship.

When Modi flies to Japan, bleak chances for long-pending nuclear deal
Oct 25, 2016

When Modi flies to Japan, bleak chances for long-pending nuclear deal

Given Japanese apprehensions, it is not certain whether India and Japan will sign the nuclear deal during Modi’s forthcoming visit to Tokyo.

Where is Japan in its military push under Abe?
Mar 30, 2018

Where is Japan in its military push under Abe?

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces many challenges in terms of public perception.

Why it is time for a “sacred alliance” between Japan and India
Aug 07, 2020

Why it is time for a “sacred alliance” between Japan and India

It is imperative to highlight that we’re now reaching a period when a “sacred alliance” between Japan and India should be built up as a force of

Why relations with Japan are important
Sep 03, 2014

Why relations with Japan are important

In terms of technology, Japan is way ahead of us and China in many areas. It may be some time before we can expect Japan to export complete weapons systems, but Japanese technologies, be they the fly-by-light aircraft control systems, sonar equipment, or those that go into its own BMD systems, can be very useful.

Why rise of Fumio Kishida as new Japanese prime minister is good news for India
Oct 06, 2021

Why rise of Fumio Kishida as new Japanese prime minister is good news for India

Fumio Kishida’s victory owes much to LDP’s conservative wing and many of his foreign policy actions will function within the parameters that former prime minister Shinzo Abe laid down during his time in office

Will Japan do without nuclear power?
Apr 25, 2012

Will Japan do without nuclear power?

In Japan, obtaining the consent of the people to run a nuclear power plant has now become very difficult. Prior to the Fukushima tragedy, local people's consent meant agreement of the towns and the prefecture where the plants were located.

Will Japan's domestic factor impede nuclear cooperation with India?
May 11, 2012

Will Japan's domestic factor impede nuclear cooperation with India?

While India-Japan relations have strengthened and trade volume has jumped over by 38% from the previous year, in the civil nuclear cooperation, Japan observers see a rather serious barrier in the strong anti-reactor backlash at home, keeping it away from striking an acceptable solution.

Will Japanese PM find a solution to the nuclear deadlock?
Dec 26, 2011

Will Japanese PM find a solution to the nuclear deadlock?

Whether Japan and India could find an acceptable compromise formula for civilian nuclear agreement that would address their respective concerns will be the main subject of discussion at the India-Japan Annual Summit in New Delhi on December 27-29.

Will the Delhi India-Japan Summit bring about a breakthrough?
Dec 10, 2015

Will the Delhi India-Japan Summit bring about a breakthrough?

The 9th India-Japan bilateral is taking place in New Delhi this week-end. PM Abe is reaching Delhi on December 11. Two of the main issues that need to be resolved to take the partnership to new heights are the civil nuclear agreement and the supply of Japan's indigenously made US2 amphibious aircraft to India. Will Abe and Modi be able to achieve this?

Will the Japanese PM be able to win 'Abenomics' poll test?
Dec 12, 2014

Will the Japanese PM be able to win 'Abenomics' poll test?

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has a fairly heavy political agenda before him. The foremost is his firm resolve to introduce constitutional reforms. If he wins the December 14 elections, Abe would have bright chances to win another term as the LDP president in September next year and stay at the helm for three more years.