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Japan's Middle East policy needs fresh thinking

New Asian defense pacts can help set a new tone from the Indo-Pacific to the Gulf

| Middle East
Fumio Kishida and Scott Morrison attend a video signing ceremony of the Reciprocal Access Agreement on Jan. 6: Japan needs to adopt fresh thinking.   © Reuters

Satoshi Ikeuchi is professor of religion and global security at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo. Dr. Gedaliah Afterman is head of the Asia Policy Program at the Abba Eban Institute for International Diplomacy at Rechiman University (IDC Herzliya).

With the world facing increasing instability and tensions between the United States, Russia and China, "minilateralism" is emerging as the spirit of the times.

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