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Abe, Putin talks may unite Japan, Russia and USA

WHO: Dr Ra Mason

“The latest round of talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could potentially mark a very important first meaningful step towards some form of resolution to the Kuril Islands (Northern Territories) dispute."

After Paris: Rethinking the usual responses

WHO: Prof Lee Marsden, head of UEA’s School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies

"The usual responses to terrorist attacks in the West are not working and will not work."

America develops a new ‘special relationship’ – with Japan

WHO: Dr Ra Mason

"...from Prime Minister Abe Shinzo's point of view this will represent an opportunity for him and his cabinet to appeal in every way possible to the new US administration that they are right behind them in terms of politics, economics and security."

Brexit, Scotland and Northern Ireland

WHO: Dr Nikos Skoutaris

"The UK is heading slowly but surely towards a constitutional stalemate very similar to the one triggered by the Catalan independentist movement in Spain. The political developments this week mark another step towards this direction."

Britain moves forward with planned sugar tax

WHO: Prof Paul Dobson

"There is changing public sentiment towards sugary soft drinks which are little more than liquid candy and we are now seeing the industry respond positively by reducing sugar levels."