July 29, 2015 | Toshiya Tsugami
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.
July 28, 2015 | Ehud Harari
Fifty-five years ago, in the summer of 1960, Japan experienced socio-political trauma.
July 24, 2015 | Ra Mason
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.
July 15, 2015 | Peter McGill
Recent headlines have burnished and buffeted China’s global image.
July 07, 2015 | J. Berkshire Miller
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.
June 29, 2015 | Rahul Raj
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.
June 09, 2015 | Tetsuo Shibata
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.
June 02, 2015 | Junya Nishino
June will mark 50 years since Japan and South Korea normalized diplomatic ties in 1965. The mood, however, is far from jubilant.
May 14, 2015 | Ra Mason
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.
May 08, 2015 | J. Berkshire Miller
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.
April 24, 2015 | Junko Oikawa
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.
April 23, 2015 | James Gannon
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
April 21, 2015 | LEE Jong-won
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.
April 21, 2015 | Richard Lawless
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.
April 09, 2015 | Tang Siew Mun
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.
March 27, 2015 | Satoshi Kamata
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.
March 23, 2015 | J. Berkshire Miller
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.
March 16, 2015 | Izumi Sakurai
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and South Korea.
January 28, 2015 | Ra Mason
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.
January 19, 2015 | J. Berkshire Miller
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.