The Asahi Shimbun
Scholars say Cabinet decision opens, not ends, debate on collective self-defense
Criticism continues over the decision by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet on July 1 to reinterpret Japan’s pacifist Constitution to lift the country’s self-imposed ban on the right to exercise collective self-defense.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye apologizes to representatives of senior citizens' organizations for revising her campaign promise of a uniform basic pension in September 2013. (Provided by The Dong-A Ilbo)
POINT OF VIEW: Hidehiko Mukoyama: S. Korea extends retirement age as aged society approaches
South Korea is expected to become an “aged society” by 2017, and the government is putting considerable effort into its countermeasures for the graying population.
Akira Iriye (Photo by Mari Sakamoto)
INTERVIEW/ Akira Iriye: Transcending the logic of power
The Abe administration focused on the logic of “power,” as in state and military strength, as the Cabinet on July 1 approved the reinterpretation of the Constitution to allow the exercise of the right to collective self-defense.
Daniel Russel (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
INTERVIEW/ Daniel Russel: U.S. hopes China will agree to Japan’s call for dialogue on Senkaku issue
The top Asia policymaker in the Obama administration said he believes that the watchword for territorial disputes in East Asia should be “restraint.”
Taichiro Mitani (Photo by Motooki Hayasaka)
INTERVIEW/ Taichiro Mitani: Japan must learn from history of its modern military alliances
Speaking on the exercise of the right to collective self-defense that the Abe administration is pushing, an expert on the political and diplomatic history of Japan worries if the policy is being pursued as a "deterrent against potential enemy states," it carries the "considerable risk" of dragging the nation into a conflict of arms.
David Petraeus
POINT OF VIEW: Success of TPP negotiations is a national security necessity
President Barack Obama’s trip to Asia in April brought a number of important developments for the region’s evolving geopolitics, including a landmark agreement to expand the U.S. military’s rotational footprint in the Philippines and the first-ever presidential commitment that Washington’s security treaty with Tokyo extends to Japanese-administered islands in the East China Sea that are claimed by China.
Dennis Blair (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
INTERVIEW/ Dennis Blair: China containing itself by aggressive actions in region
The former commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific said the United States is not trying to contain China, but that Beijing is “containing itself” through its aggressive behavior, which is forcing other countries in the region to band together against it.
Irene Hirano Inouye (Provided by Irene Hirano Inouye)
POINT OF VIEW/ Irene Hirano Inouye: Japanese Americans can be bridge between U.S., Japan
The rise of China has led some to believe that the United States has begun to make light of Japan, but that is an overly simplified view. Japanese Americans can play a crucial role in bridging relations between the United States and Japan. As an American of Japanese descent born in the United States, I want to broaden the relationship of other Asian Americans and women to Japan, ensuring a broad mutual understanding.
Michael Green, vice president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
INTERVIEW/ Michael Green: Concerns about China's rise boost support for U.S. rebalance to Asia
A top Asia expert at an influential Washington-based think tank said an overwhelming number of “strategic elites” in the Asia-Pacific region support the U.S. rebalance policy because they are concerned about China's growing influence.
Kenichi Matsumoto (Photo by Ken Aso)
INTERVIEW/ Kenichi Matsumoto: Japan should revise Constitution to defend itself in new era
In the name of strengthening the Japan-U.S. alliance, the Abe administration has begun walking the path toward allowing Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense.
The Asahi Shimbun
Scholars warn against Abe's rush to exercise the right to collective self-defense
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on May 15 that the government plans to change its interpretation of the Constitution to enable Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense, allowing it to join a war to assist another country.
Ken Endo (Photo by Eiji Hori)
INTERVIEW/ Ken Endo: European experience offers insight for Japan's ties with neighbors
Napoleon once called China a “sleeping lion.” Xi Jinping, the country’s president, likened his nation to an “awakening lion” earlier this spring during his visit to France.
Takeshi Jingu (Provided by Nomura Research Institute)
POINT OF VIEW/ Takeshi Jingu: China responds to funding crunch
Chinese authorities are taking action to avert systemic risk amid a corporate liquidity crunch, while new approaches to financing small and midsize enterprises are emerging.
Yan Xuetong (Photo by Nozomu Hayashi)
INTERVIEW/ Yan Xuetong: ‘Conflict control’ is key to U.S.-China relations in a bipolar world
Restoring China’s national pride is a primary concern for President Xi Jinping as he seeks to establish a "new type of great power relationship" with the United States, according to a scholar who influences Beijing’s policy with Washington.
David Helvey, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
INTERVIEW/ David Helvey: U.S. continues to monitor China’s A2/AD development
The United States is closely monitoring China’s development of anti-access, area denial (A2/AD) capabilities, according to David Helvey, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia.
Yasuaki Onuma (Photo by Ken Aso)
INTERVIEW/ Yasuaki Onuma: Media must help Japanese restore healthy nationalism
Arguments over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plan to change the interpretation of the Constitution to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense have revealed a great rift in Japanese public sentiment.
Anti-government protesters flood a road in Bangkok to shut down the Thai capital on Jan. 13. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
POINT OF VIEW/ Keiichiro Oizumi: Economic concern widens over political turmoil in Thailand
Thailand’s real economic growth for the October-December period of 2013 fell to 0.6 percent, compared with the same period the previous year.
Joseph Caron (Photo by Hiroki Manabe)
INTERVIEW/ Joseph Caron: Japan must abandon island-nation mentality, take advantage of China’s growth
We spoke with Joseph Caron, the former Canadian ambassador to Japan, at his Vancouver home about the gridlock in the East Asia region. Through the conversation, various parallels from the long history between Canada and the United States were discussed, uncovering possible diplomatic insights and strategies that may be useful to Japan.
Ezra Vogel, Harvard University professor emeritus, responds in an interview with The Asahi Shimbun at his Massachusetts home. (Kenji Minemura)
INTERVIEW/ Ezra Vogel: Japan must continue apologizing for war atrocities
Thirty-five years ago, Ezra Vogel's "Japan as Number One" was a best-selling book that described Japan's amazing economic growth after its devastating defeat in World War II.
Gen. Herbert Carlisle, commander of Pacific Air Forces, during an interview with The Asahi Shimbun at PACAF headquarters in Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, in March (Hikaru Uchida)
INTERVIEW/ Herbert 'Hawk' Carlisle: Strong U.S.-Japan alliance deterring China from provocative actions
The U.S. power projection capability is “phenomenal” and “second to none” even in the face of China’s growing “anti-access, area denial (A2/AD)” challenges, says the top U.S. Air Force general in the Asia-Pacific region.

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