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What does China have to gain from having a neutral stance concerning the ownership of the Kuril islands?

People's Republic of China once supported the Soviet Union's claim over the islands in the 1950s, however, after the Sino-Soviet split in the 1960s, China then turned to support Japanese sovereignty ...
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Did any Western country condemn Japan for pursuing energy deals with Russia?

Although Japan has reduced its Russian energy imports since Moscow's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, it has kept stakes in several fossil fuel projects in the country for its energy security. &...
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Did any Western country ban Japanese seafood as a result of the release of nuclear wastewater?

Russia on Monday followed its ally China in suspending all Japanese seafood imports over Tokyo's release of wastewater from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Japan has been sharply critical of ...
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Why was the age of consent as low as 13 in Japan for a long time, is there an official explanation for this?

Japan’s parliament on Friday raised the age of sexual consent to 16 from 13, a limit which had remained unchanged for more than a century and was among the world’s lowest, amid calls for greater ...
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Which is the first government to have monetized government debt in order to fund government debt without paying a high interest rate?

So, how has Japan managed to sustain itself in the face of such mounting debt? The answer lies in a clever strategy employed by the Japanese government. They use a scheme of monetizing government debt,...
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Are there rules that tells the Bank of Japan what kind of stock purchases it can make?

(Bloomberg) -- In most of the world, exchange-traded funds are simply tools that allow investors to track a certain set of stocks. In Japan, they’ve been saddled with everything from propping up the ...
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Why were some important countries such as Japan, Britain, and India absent from the recent UNGA?

This question may not be answerable but I am curious to know Question: Why were some important countries such as Japan, Britain, and India absent from the recent UNGA? Was their absence deliberate and ...
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How does the Japanese government determine the amount of subsidies appropriate to attract investment from private companies?

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/japanese-government-ups-micron-euv-fab-subsidies-to-dollar129-billion The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry is increasing its subsidies for Micron's ...
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How does the government benefit from having people put their money into stocks instead of savings account?

Roughly 20 years after the Japanese government first put up the banner of "from savings to investments," young people are showing a keen interest in investments, probably out of concern for ...
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Does Japan have any reason to ever repay its debt?

https://fortune.com/2015/02/26/japan-economic-time-bomb/ Takatoshi Ito, an economist at Columbia’s School of International & Public Affairs, argued at a panel discussion on Monday that unless the ...
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Why wasn't the China-Japan-South Korea Trilateral Meeting held since 2019?

The 6th trilateral summit was held on 1 November 2015 in Seoul, resuming the summit since 2012 due to a variety of disputes and issues ranging from World War II apologies to territorial disputes among ...
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A comparison on UK and Japan cost of living

Both are Island countries, the UK's cost of living is 63.6, and Japan cost of living is 54.3 (reference). Yet Japan has a higher quality of life index. Why UK have that additional 10~ cost of living ...
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If harsh punishment does not deter crime, what explains Lee Kuan Yew's observations during WW2?

Source Second, [Lee Kuan Yew] learned that fear of brutal punishment can deter crime: The Japanese Military Administration governed by spreading fear. It put up no pretence of civilised behaviour. ...
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What are the reasons for the French opposition to opening a NATO bureau in Japan?

It has been reported in the news that France vetoed the opening up of a NATO bureau in Tokyo (here, here, here). But it is not clear what all of the aspects of this situation are. Was there any ...
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What does Japan have to gain from banning the sales of chip-making equipment to China?

https://www.scmp.com/tech/tech-war/article/3221582/tech-war-china-slams-japans-semiconductor-technology-export-controls Beijing said it “firmly opposes” Japan’s latest chip-making equipment export ...
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Can the governor of Okinawa pursue his own policy towards China?

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202306/1293081.shtml Tamaki's visit also comes after he announced a plan to newly establish a "regional diplomacy office" in fiscal year 2023 that will ...
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Is the government in power in Taiwan the same Government before Imperial Japan? [closed]

As I was studying developments between the PRC's and ROC's informal and formal "diplomacy" (I put it in quotation marks because the PRC's form of diplomacy is literally launching missiles ...
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What has Japan done in order to prevent foreign countries from impeding their democratic election system?

In a major covert operation of the cold war, the Central Intelligence Agency spent millions of dollars to support the conservative party that dominated Japan's politics for a generation. The C.I.A. ...
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Are there any international rules against firing ballistic missiles over other countries?

The BBC reports that (for the 2nd time since 2017) "North Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan". The missile fell into the Pacific ocean. I'm guessing there are some treaties on the ...
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What is the "religious organization" that motivated Abe Shinzo's killer?

Looking into the motive of former prime minister Abe Shinzo's suspected killer, Yamagami Tetsuya, not many details are being given in the press, but there is mention of an unnamed religious ...
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How many mass shootings does Japan have per year?

A recent Washington Post article (July 8, 2022) on the assassination of former prime minister Shinzo Abe says Last year, eight of the 10 shootings in Japan were related to the yakuza, according to ...
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Does Japan have the capability of manufacturing nuclear weapons in a short period of time?

I read from here that Japan does not possess any programs for the development of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), but it is the only non-nuclear weapon state in possession of a full nuclear fuel ...
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Does the fact that Japan have decided to join the US and European countries in removing selected Russian banks from SWIFT have any practical effect?

I read on https://www.foxnews.com/world/japan-us-european-allies-blocking-russian-banks-swift (mirror): Japan has decided to join the United States and European allies in removing selected Russian ...
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Is Japan's handling of its nuclear waste water conforming to international norms and historical precedents?

The United States on Monday (local time) extended support to Japan in its decision to release contaminated water from the wrecked Fukushima atomic power station into the sea, stating that Tokyo ...
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Why does Japan allow unlimited terms for their Prime Ministers?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_term_limits Why does Japan allow unlimited terms for their Prime Ministers? I saw that Japan allows unlimited 4-years terms for their Prime Minister ...
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Why is Japan considered a Great Power, but South Korea is not? [closed]

Great powers by date List of modern great powers Why is Japan considered a Great Power, but South Korea is not?
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Why didn't Japan call for the ICJ to settle the dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands?

Why didn't Japan call for the ICJ to settle the dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands? I am asking this question, because Japan took its ongoing dispute with South Korea over the Dokdo islands to ...
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Would defense based only on nuclear weapons work? [closed]

There's an article in the Japanese constitution forbidding the country from going to war. The country nonetheless maintains a substantial self-defence force. I'm wondering if Japan can feasibly ...
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Does the Japanese government not have the authority to cancel the Olympics?

An article talks about how Japan recently declared a third state of emergency due to the pandemic, most people in Japan don't want the 2020 Olympics to take place, and how their health care system is ...
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Why was the USA planning on attacking Japan *before* Japan's attack on Pearl Harbour? [closed]

According to Wikipedia, Japan attacked Pearl Harbour to prevent the US Pacific Fleet from interfering with its actions in South-East Asia. However, Noam Chomsky, referring to Michael Sherry's The ...
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What is the stance of the current Japanese government on conversion therapy and why?

Do Japanese governments support conversion therapy? I wasn't able to find any information online. This site states the majority of Japanese support legalization of same-sex marriage. Wikipedia and ...
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What are resons for Prime Minister Abe Shinzo to desire amendment to Article 9 in constitution?

Prime Minister Abe Shinzo is reported to have said that "Japan cannot be a "normal state" until Japan has a fully functional armed force." There are reports that majority of the ...
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Why wasn't Hirohito tried at the end of WWII?

At the end of the Second World War many Japanese generals such as Tojo and Yamashita were tried and executed, but Hirohito wasn't tried and even continued as emperor. Why wasn't he tried while he was ...
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Why didn't Fumio Kishida and Shigeru Ishiba give up in the LDP leadership election?

Most of candidates was declined, like Tarō Asō and Tomomi Inada. Why Kishida and Ishiba wasn't declined? It is because of the rule of Liberal-Democratic Party, or other candidates gave up?
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Why are Japan and South Korea two topmost lobbyist in the USA?

Why are Japan and South Korea two topmost lobbyists in the USA? What do they mostly do lobbying about? I understand other countries' concerns, but what are the agendas of Japan and South Korea?
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How is Japan able to sustain a large debt as a percentage of GDP, while Greece could not?

Japan is currently the nation with the highest debt as a percentage of GDP - at the time of writing it stands at over 250%. Greece, currently the second most indebted nation, went through a decade-...
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What happens to the emperor's birthday public holiday in Japan if the emperor dies?

There're a few countries in the world where an important person's birthday is a public holiday. For Example: The Emperor's birthday in Japan What happens if the Emperor dies shortly or a long time ...
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Are Western parties more analogous to the LDP or its factions?

The LDP has had near-continuous power in Japan since 1955. To Westerners accustomed to one party leading a nation for a decade or two before another one has its turn, this sounds like it would be ...
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Why did the U.S. forced Japan to stop its government subsidized VLSI project while it also had its own government subsidized VLSI project?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VLSI_Project On Japan's side, the government was concerned about a negative impact on its relationship with the United States with regard to both national security ...
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Can a government force another government to force its private companies to transfer technology under the GATT, WTO?

http://cloudfront-files-1.publicintegrity.org/legacy_projects/pdf_reports/BUYINGTHEAMERICANMIND.pdf It is true that the Japanese government has taken steps to open its government funded ...
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What happens if Japan refuses to pay the U.S. for its military presence? [closed]

What happens if Japan refuses to pay the U.S. for its military presence? Is there a procedure for such a situation? Or would the U.S. simply pull its troops out of Japan and let Japan fend for itself? ...
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In American politics is the "free ride" problem (Japanese defence spending) acknowledged as a direct consequence of American strategy?

I have been reading an article from The Atlantic which was published in 1989, on the question of whether Japan enjoys a "free ride" with regards to defence spending. This is a topic which has ...
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Is opposition to whaling biased against Japan?

Many of the comments and edits in the Whales Vs Other Animals have spiralled off from the original question into the differences in the treatment of certain countries. While currently much of the ...
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What is the fundamental difference between whaling and hunting other animals?

I read this article and it seems like activists from cultures without a long history of whaling are inconsistent in their criticism of Japan for its whaling. Many cultural cuisines like rabbits, cows,...
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Why is Japan trying to have a better relationship with Iran?

Why is Japan trying to have a better relationship with Iran? Shinzo Abe has become the first Japanese leader to visit Iran in 40 Years. Is it worth it for Japan to risk alienating the U.S., which is a ...
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Does Japan intentionally devalue its exports to the US in exchange for US military protection?

I came across this unsourced answer which claims that the Japanese government buys US treasury bonds at a loss to make exports to the US cheap for US consumers in exchange for military protection by ...
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Why don't countries like Japan just print more money?

Modern Monetary Theory states that a sovereign country will never go bankrupt. It can just print more money. Of course, printing more money would lead to inflation. But some countries have the ...
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Why doesn't UK go for the same deal Japan has with EU to resolve Brexit?

Is seems that one of the problems of finding a solution acceptable for both UK and EU was that no other non-EU country has the kind of relation with EU that UK seeks. But Japan has a reasonably ...
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Will the upcoming Japanese era begin immediately if Emperor Akihito dies before his planned abdication on 30 April 2019?

Emperor Akihito of Japan has announced that he will abdicate the throne on 30 April 2019. Reports say that the current Japanese era, the Heisei period, will end on that day and May 1st will be the ...
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Does Japan have a nuclear phase out plan similar to that of Germany?

In 2011 Fukushima Daiichi reactor suffered a meltdown with tremendous consequences. The same source argues about Japan's issues related to storing nuclear waste: Japan possesses approximately 17,...
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