The crisis in Crimea and Ukraine is one of a series of setbacks to the emerging accord between Japan, Russia and India. Tokyo has developed an ‘axis of democracy’ with India, but is in dispute with Moscow over the Kuril islands, annexed by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin in 1945. A unifying factor for the three countries is the uncertainty caused by China’s growing economic and strategic role in the region.

JAPAN’S Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has won approval on the international stage for his economic and financial programme, but has fared less well in matters of foreign and defence policy.

His perform...

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Dr. Stefan Lippert
Mr Abe would have been well advised to say ‘sayonara’ at that point and depart. Instead, he made the mistake of discussing the foreign and security policy situation in Asia
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