Security and Territorial Issues

J. Berkshire Miller
China looms over Abe-Obama-Abbott trilateral at G-20 summit
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with U.S. President Barack Obama and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Nov.16 on the sidelines of the G-20 Leaders’ Summit held in Australia.
Kook Joong-ho
Japan, South Korea leaders deepening strain by putting state before people
In his book "Atarashii Kuni e" (Toward a new country), Prime Minister Shinzo Abe states, "We learned civility from Confucianism, the spirit of self-discipline from Zen Buddhism, and feelings of respect for ancestors and awe of nature from Shinto. The forgiving heart is another trait of the Japanese people."
Susumu Kohari
South Korea’s Park portrayed as ‘victim’ in freedom of speech issue
Seoul has given a reason for even more Japanese to ask, “What the heck is with the country of South Korea?”
It is about time leaders of Japan and China showed real statesmanship over Senkakus issue
To the outside world, the standoff over the Senkaku cluster of islands, Diaoyu in Chinese, is so bizarre as to draw comparisons with Gulliver's Travels. How can giants China and Japan, not to mention dynamo Taiwan, be at daggers drawn over such miniscule flecks of rock?
Ma Licheng
Chinese journalist Ma Licheng calls on Japan, China to 'tone down nationalism'
Ma Licheng, a Beijing-based journalist who criticized both Japanese and Chinese nationalism in an essay published in 2002, visited Japan in mid-July and was interviewed by The Asahi Shimbun.
Jusen Asuka
Japan needs to scrap old thinking on environmental cooperation with China
There are two patterns to the way Japanese politicians respond to China's air pollution problem and the potential inflow of atmospheric contaminants, such as PM2.5 pollutants, into Japan. They either say, "China is outrageous. We should protest strongly" or "Japan should help with solutions."
J. Berkshire Miller
Does Japan have a security role in Southeast Asia?
In late May, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe headlined the prestigious Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore with a keynote speech on the current geopolitical trajectory in Asia and the opportunities for prosperity, along with the growing risks to regional security.
Rebecca Grant
Latest E-2D Hawkeyes perfect fit for Japan's complex surveillance needs
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.
Satoshi Amako
Create cross-border cooperative arrangement for disasters, environment
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.
Xie Zhihai
Geostrategic needs push old allies Russia and China closer
There are recent signs that Russia and China are growing closer.
Jiro Yamaguchi
Acceptance of collective self-defense would recklessly destroy the Constitution
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.
Ari Nakano
Discontent over wealth gap and corruption may have spurred attacks on Chinese companies in Vietnam
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.
Yoichi Funabashi
With Obama's visit to Japan, rebalancing strategy starting to become clear
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.
Reinterpreting constitution (The Korea Herald)
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.
Toshiya Tsugami
Japanese companies should prepare for litigation in China
A Japanese shipping company recently paid 4 billion yen after a Chinese court seized one of its vessels operating in China.
J. Berkshire Miller
Obama-Abe summit: Mix of successes, missed opportunities follow 'sushi summit'
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.
Yasuko Yanagihara
Reflecting on the work left behind by Korean poet Yun Dong-ju
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.
Ikumi Haruki
Korean-Americans flex new political muscle in 'East Sea' victory
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.
Jennifer Lind
Bridging divergent interests in the U.S.-Japan alliance
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.
Tetsuo Shibata
Why did U.S. change its attitude about visits to Yasukuni Shrine?
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.

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