Shinzo Abe is Japan's most powerful post-war Prime Minister - but the real story isn't his dominance, it's how little he's been able to accomplish with it.
Japan's upcoming election is unlikely to shake Shinzo Abe's grip on power - but the united front shown by the opposition parties may lead to future success.
What is Japan's House of Councilors? How is this "upper house" elected and what function does it serve in Japan's parliamentary democracy?
China and Japan are working to present a united front on free trade issues - but their facade of unity hides fundamental differences in their approaches.
Japan has one of the lowest recycling rates in the OECD - but in the absence of government action, community-led initiatives are pushing for change.
Japan's reliance on energy from the Middle East makes it keen to avoid conflict between the U.S. and Iran - but much of this crisis is beyond its control.
Myanmar is a prime opportunity for the U.S. and Japan to work together on economic development, but foreign policy differences undermine their efforts.
As disputes between the U.S. and China overshadow Asian geopolitics, top officials in China and Japan seek to emphasize the stability of their relationship.
If the U.S.-Japan military alliance is to be effective in a new era of geopolitics, both sides need to be realistic about the "grand bargain" that underpins it.
The U.S.-China trade conflict has stoked fears of "Cold War 2.0" - but this is only one of several possible scenarios Japan should plan for.