August 30, 2014
With the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki next year, there still is a long way to go to achieve a "world without nuclear weapons," which U.S. President Barack Obama called for in his historic address in Prague in 2009.
August 22, 2014
They don’t know war, and they don’t know the fear of losing their lives, and yet they are intrepid. I am describing the “militarist boys without knowledge of war,” who are rife in Japan these days.
August 14, 2014
The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on July 1 decided to reinterpret Japan’s pacifist Constitution to lift the country’s self-imposed ban on the right to exercise collective self-defense.
August 12, 2014
A more confident and assertive China, belying its "peaceful rise" rhetoric of the past, seems increasingly less interested in pursuing constructive relations with its neighbors, said one of the premier American experts on China.
August 09, 2014
BEIJING--While China playing hardball over the South China Sea and other issues is fueling tension with the United States and with neighboring nations, criticism still remains loud within the country that Beijing’s diplomatic approach is “weak-kneed.”
August 07, 2014
When I observed the recent discussions over approving the exercise of the right to collective self-defense, I felt that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's view of "national power" based on military strength was outdated.
August 04, 2014
In China, signs are that the three main income gaps--between coastal and inland areas, urban and rural communities, and among cities--are shrinking.
August 01, 2014
After seeing the rebuilding efforts for the devastation wrought by the triple disaster in March 2011, anthropologist Norio Akasaka said he wondered if the Tohoku region would remain a “colony of Tokyo.”
July 30, 2014
A noted American national security expert welcomed China's first participation in an ongoing U.S.-led maritime exercise around Hawaii, saying the Chinese can see the United States and many of its allies in action up close and realize the disparity with its own forces.
July 27, 2014
Offensive jeering directed at female members of the Tokyo metropolitan assembly and the Lower House of the Diet recently triggered a public uproar.
July 17, 2014
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.
July 10, 2014
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.
July 05, 2014
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.
July 05, 2014
The top Asia policymaker in the Obama administration said he believes that the watchword for territorial disputes in East Asia should be “restraint.”
July 04, 2014
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.
July 03, 2014
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.
June 26, 2014
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.
June 25, 2014
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.
June 20, 2014
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.
June 13, 2014
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.