Friday, May 3, 2019

Japan: Will Reiwa be harmonious and peaceful as it is supposed to be?

Darya Gribkova,, April 30, 2019

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On May 1, 2019, Japan enters a new era – Reiwa [JB - see], the era of peace and harmony … with a “baggage” of problem accumulated in the previous Heisei period. By itself, a change of the name with a change of emperor has a rather symbolic meaning and, of course, it is not a specific political programme, – unlikely it will bring any peculiarities to the external and internal political agenda. ...

Despite the countless exercises of experts and politicians in determining of the Indo-Pacific, its core, purpose and structure, it is still unclear, how the idea of ​​the Indo-Pacific region, in which Japan claimsto play one of the leading roles, will develop, and in what form, what institutional structure it could be realized. ...

With many unsolved issues in economic and foreign policy spheres, Japan has a great chance to show to the whole world and feel by itself beautiful harmony during the 2020 Summer Olympics. It will definitely serve Japan`s foreign policy well (especially in the public diplomacy [JB emphasis] domain), including its relations with neighbouring countries, which support is so important in realization of Japan`s international projects.

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