July 02, 2014 | Rebecca Grant
The East China Sea has become the number one global hotspot for sparring air forces. Almost daily, Japan is sending military aircraft to monitor Chinese air force planes flying near Japan over the East China Sea.
June 27, 2014 | Satoshi Amako
The growing hostility between Japan and its neighbors, China and South Korea, may be temporarily advantageous for each country’s immediate goals, but it will destabilize the Asian region and lead to mutual losses in the end.
June 18, 2014 | Xie Zhihai
There are recent signs that Russia and China are growing closer.
June 03, 2014 | Jiro Yamaguchi
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a news conference on May 15 where he revealed the "direction" of an interpretation of Japan's Constitution that would enable the exercise of the right to collective self-defense, based on the Report of the Advisory Panel on Reconstruction of the Legal Basis for Security.
May 31, 2014 | Ari Nakano
Tensions have been escalating in the South China Sea between China and Vietnam over the sovereignty of an area that is home to a Chinese offshore oil field.
May 29, 2014 | Yoichi Funabashi
U.S. President Barack Obama's tour of Asia in late April that included a visit to Japan was reassuring to the friends and allies of the United States in the region such as Japan, especially in a time of concern that America will retreat from global engagement in the face of Russia's "compulsory change of the status quo through force" in Ukraine.
May 17, 2014
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made it public Thursday that Tokyo would seek to exercise the right of collective self-defense, which would allow his country to fight alongside its allies beyond its borders.
May 10, 2014 | Toshiya Tsugami
A Japanese shipping company recently paid 4 billion yen after a Chinese court seized one of its vessels operating in China.
May 09, 2014 | J. Berkshire Miller
U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Tokyo on April 23 with a range of challenges and opportunities on his plate. One of the principal tasks facing the U.S.-Japan alliance is alignment on questions of deterrence with regard to China’s assertive attempts to forcibly change the status quo around the Senkaku Islands.
May 01, 2014 | Yasuko Yanagihara
During World War II, the poet Yun Dong-ju (1917-45) was arrested by Japanese authorities on charges of violating the Peace Preservation Law and died in prison.
April 25, 2014 | Ikumi Haruki
The Korean community in the U.S. capital of Washington, D.C., where I used to live, was in a jubilant mood on Feb. 6. The lower house of the Virginia General Assembly that day passed a bill saying public school textbooks must mention the “East Sea,” the name South Korea insists on for the “Sea of Japan,” as another name for the body of water.
April 23, 2014 | Jennifer Lind
U.S. President Barack Obama, in his state visit to Japan this week, meets an anxious ally. In the wake of turmoil in Syria and Crimea, Japanese leaders and analysts have expressed worries about the strength of U.S. commitments. Such anxiety is understandable--but not because of U.S. policies in the Middle East or Eastern Europe. Rather, tensions in the alliance stem from divergent interests regarding the Senkaku Islands and historical reconciliation. Managing these areas will pose key challenges for the alliance in coming years.
April 15, 2014 | Tetsuo Shibata
After Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine late last year jarred Japan-U.S. relations, Abe administration officials said the criticism from Washington was because U.S. President Barack Obama is a Democrat.
March 27, 2014 | Kazuko Mori
An air of excitement surrounded Building 18 at the University of Tokyo's Komaba Campus on March 8, a chilly spring day.
March 22, 2014 | Ra Mason
As mentioned on a number of occasions, because of his notoriously hawkish stance on international relations issues, particularly those relating to Japan’s East Asian neighbors, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has mostly been very careful and pragmatic in his use of historical rhetoric.
March 14, 2014 | Daniel Roh
The relationship between Japan and South Korea is undergoing a radical transformation. By "radical" I refer to the mode and magnitude of recent developments that make the dyadic relationship look worsened to the point of no return.
March 01, 2014 | Lee Jong-gak
On a clear day, the Japanese island of Tsushima is visible with the naked eye from Busan, at the southern tip of South Korea.
February 19, 2014
Some Japan watchers believe that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is leading the country into a potentially dangerous era, writes Jackson Diehl in The Washington Post. Abe has appeared to pivot toward hard-line nationalism and set off alarm bells not only in predictable places--China and South Korea--but also inside the U.S. administration. When President Barack Obama visits Japan in April, crisis prevention will be a big part of his mission.
February 19, 2014 | Hideki Okuzono
Relations between Japan and South Korea are at their lowest point since the two countries normalized diplomatic ties in 1965.
February 15, 2014 | Zhao Hongwei
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on the morning of Dec. 26, just before Chinese President Xi Jinping made a trip to the mausoleum of Mao Tse-tung in Tiananmen Square on the departed former leader’s 120th birthday.