Power Play

Cloud hangs over Japan-China ties as half-centenary looms

New PM Kishida's efforts to maintain a stable relationship run up against sharpening US-China rivalry as well as domestic security concerns and public opinion.

Experts believe the status quo will continue under new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who took office last month. PHOTO: AFP
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Power Play is a weekly column that looks at various facets of US-China rivalry and its implications for Asia.

When Japan was deciding its new imperial era name three years ago, it went for Reiwa (beautiful harmony) in a move that broke millennia of tradition: the nation's 248th era name was the first to be drawn from Japanese literature instead of Chinese classics.

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