Security and Territorial Issues

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.
Kazuko Mori
Japan-China talks mark successful reset, but optimism unwarranted
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.
Tetsuo Shibata
Abe administration suffered 'diplomatic defeat' by China with agreement statement
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.
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.

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