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.
December 05, 2014 | Kazuko Mori
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, representing two neighboring countries, met in Beijing on Nov. 10, the first meeting between the leaders of Japan and China in two and a half years.
November 26, 2014 | Tetsuo Shibata
Ahead of the Nov. 10 meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japan and China announced on Nov. 7 a statement of consensus.
November 21, 2014 | J. Berkshire Miller
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.
November 07, 2014 | Kook Joong-ho
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."
October 24, 2014 | Susumu Kohari
Seoul has given a reason for even more Japanese to ask, “What the heck is with the country of South Korea?”
October 06, 2014 | Peter McGill
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?
August 13, 2014 | Ma Licheng
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.
August 01, 2014 | Jusen Asuka
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."
July 25, 2014 | J. Berkshire Miller
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.
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.