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Floodgates Open in Japanese Politics after Suga’s Exit

In a surprise announcement on 3 September, days after Tokyo Olympics 2020 ended, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced that he will not run in the upcoming Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) presidential election scheduled for 29 September. This means ....

Japan’s Four-day Workweek Proposal Unlikely to Work

Japan and Japanese are known for their famously workaholic corporate culture. There are cases in which companies have forced employees to put extra hours, thereby driving some to commit suicide and giving rise to the word karoshi or “death from ove....

A Case for Tokyo Olympics Cancellation

At the time of writing, the Tokyo Olympics are on but there is a strong case for its cancellation in view of the extraordinary situation before it is too late as lives are at stake. The ferocity of the rampaging pandemic shows no signs of ebbing out ....

Vietnam’s 13th National Party Congress Concludes with a Positive Outlook for the Future

The 13th National Party Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) chaired by the National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Ngan wrapped up in Hanoi two days ahead of schedule after eight working days amid sudden surge in the coronavirus since th....

What does Eighth Party Congress of North Korea Reveal?

Introduction
North Korea held the Eighth Congress of the Workers’ Party (WPK) after a gap of four and half years. It started on 5 January and lasted for unusually prolonged eight days until 12 January. The previous Congresses were held ....

Combating COVID-19: Challenges before Suga

Introduction
As the cases of coronavirus surge in Japan, particularly in Tokyo and surrounding prefectures, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency for a month as a robust measure to fight the virus infections. Coming ....

VIF Webinar on “Indo-Uzbek Relations”

India and Uzbekistan share close historical and cultural links dating back to ancient times. Uzbekistan is India’s extended neighbour and a strategic partner. This relationship is multi-faceted and includes cooperation in political, trade-economic,....

Australia-China Relations Nosedive over Trade Frictions

Introduction
The recent development of the Quad assuming a robust security character and further honed by Australia joining the Malabar naval exercise have received plenty of media attention in India and elsewhere. A host of analysts have....

A Case for Deepening India-Taiwan Ties

Introduction
The changing geopolitical environment in the Indo-Pacific region in recent times has demanded reorientation of foreign policy priorities by many countries in the region. The single factor driving this new thrust is China’s ....

‘Unknown Pneumonia’: Another Chinese Propaganda in Kazakhstan?

Introduction
Kazakhstan has again become the victim of China’s sensationalist and maligned propaganda at the time when it is grappling with the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the country. On July 9, Chinese Embassy in Kazakhstan issue....

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