Security and Territorial Issues

Toshiya Tsugami
SDF should not patrol the South China Sea
Japan and the United States are trying to redefine their alliance. Put simply, under the deal, Japan would shoulder some of the roles the U.S. military has carried out around the world in exchange for America’s continued commitment to defend Japan. At the Abe administration’s behest, the Diet is now deliberating legislation for this purpose.
Ehud Harari
In some ways, history regarding national security does repeat itself in Japan
Fifty-five years ago, in the summer of 1960, Japan experienced socio-political trauma.
Ra Mason
Yonaguni: From paradise island to military base
Stepping out from Yonaguni Airport’s tiny passenger terminal and turning right down its only access road toward the village of Kubura, one would probably expect a quiet walk surrounded by Yonaguni’s famous lush green scenery and perhaps its roaming horses. At least, that’s what the glossy tourist brochure photos of the island in Okinawa Prefecture show.
Peter McGill
Why stay outside China’s new infrastructure bank?
Recent headlines have burnished and buffeted China’s global image.
J. Berkshire Miller
Japan, Philippines converge on security cooperation to counter China
Philippines President Benigno Aquino made a four-day tour of Japan earlier last month, marking his sixth trip to the country over the past five years.
Rahul Raj
South Korea should talk about and not run from U.S.-Japan bonhomie
Ever since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared that his government was going to meddle with the Constitution, the Northeast Asia region has been feeling the heat.
Tetsuo Shibata
Deal with Chinese threat by supporting market economy, encouraging democratic reforms
The Shinzo Abe administration submitted legislation for a new security policy to the Diet on May 15, stirring debate over its pros and cons in Japan.
Junya Nishino
Break the chains of mutual distrust and celebrate 50 years of Japan-S. Korea relations
June will mark 50 years since Japan and South Korea normalized diplomatic ties in 1965. The mood, however, is far from jubilant.
Ra Mason
Henoko in the context of propaganda and politics in 21st century Japan
The Asahi Shimbun’s extraordinary and groundbreaking case study analysis of media influence in Japan was expertly translated into English by Barack Kushner earlier this year.
J. Berkshire Miller
All signs point to delicate thaw in Japan-China relations
In April, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held his second informal summit meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Jakarta on the sidelines of the 60th anniversary of the Asian-African Conference.
Junko Oikawa
Japan-China ties: Believing in the power of cultural exchanges and passing on the baton
Cultural exchanges are like a relay race. You take the baton that somebody hands you, then pass it on to the next person. Of course, culture exchanges are not contests of speed. The desires of people who wish to pass on what they know about wonderful cultures can turn into a "positive chain" that perpetuates itself.
James Gannon
'Human touch' key to U.S.-Japan ties: Lessons from Tom Foley and other key figures
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the United States symbolizes how far our two nations have come over the past seven decades.
Interview/ Lee Jong-won: Repeated talks during 50 years of Japan-S. Korea relations try to resolve historical issues
On the 50th anniversary of the normalization of relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) in 1965, the prospect for top-level talks between the two countries remains bleak.
Richard Lawless
INTERVIEW/ Richard Lawless: China’s aggressive actions pushed U.S. and Japan to expand alliance
China’s aggressive behavior generated a willingness on the part of the United States and Japan to find new areas of defense cooperation, said a former top U.S. Department of Defense official in charge of Asia.
Tang Siew Mun
Japan cannot pass up opportunity to join Chinese-led AIIB
The first brick in the construction of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) was literally laid on Oct. 24, 2014, with 21 countries signing onto the Chinese initiative to fund infrastructure development in emerging countries.
Satoshi Kamata
South Pacific islands fell victim to tragedy of nuclear tests
The island of Tahiti in French Polynesia juts out into the South Pacific. From the No. 3 south wharf at the Port of Papeete, in the country's capital, one can see the town right in front of you.
J. Berkshire Miller
Japan, Thailand bolster economic and security ties
Thailand Interim Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha touched down in Tokyo in early February for a summit meeting with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe.
Can city-to-city diplomacy accomplish a breakthrough in Japan-South Korea relations?
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and South Korea.
Ra Mason
Thinking the unthinkable: Can Okinawa gain independence before Scotland?
Since the recent high profile referendum on Scotland’s proposed independence from the United Kingdom, Japan’s southernmost prefecture, Okinawa, has been infused with the renewed idea that devolution is a not an impossible dream. This has been underlined by the latest round of gubernatorial and Lower House election victories for candidates opposing central government policy on the relocation of U.S. bases within the prefecture.
J. Berkshire Miller
U.S.-China climate pact adds color to 'rebalance' policy
The U.S.-China relationship has been put in focus since U.S. President Barack Obama’s meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit last November. Of course, there are significant perception concerns regarding the concept of “major power relations” and the bifurcation of its interpretation between Beijing and Washington.

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