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The Abe Administration's Arrogance of Power Moment

Nancy Snow | Posted 07.16.2015 | World
Nancy Snow

On the cusp of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II when Emperor Hirohito made his historic speech of surrender, the Abe government is attempting to drive through the Diet 11 security bills that will forever alter the landscape of Japan's postwar history.

Japan Parliament Approves Controversial Military Bill

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.16.2015 | World

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Japanese Scholars Say No to War

C. M. Rubin | Posted 07.12.2015 | World
C. M. Rubin

Seventy years after the end of World War II, Manabu Sato (Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo) believes Japan stands at a critical juncture. "One path," he explains, "is that of a nation that does not wage War; the other, a nation that wages War." Professor Sato and Professor Nakano join me to discuss the issues.

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: China's Trojan Horse?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 07.06.2015 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

Clearly, the Philippines continues to see the AIIB as some kind of Chinese Trojan horse to buy the loyalty of neighbors and some measure of territorial acquiescence in exchange for economic carrots. Manila is also not comfortable with China having huge presence in its strategic, infrastructure sectors.

Time for China and the Philippines to Talk: Resolving the South China Sea Conundrum

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 06.18.2015 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Throughout my conversations with Japanese and Vietnamese colleagues, I have repeatedly heard how much they admire the Philippines' courage to take China to the court and openly criticize its destabilizing actions. Yet, the Philippines can also draw crucial lessons from its neighbors.

Paul Blumenthal

Lobby Firm Worked For And Against Japanese Interests

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ahead of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s state visit to Washington this spring, the government of South Korea hired a lobbying fi...

Japan's New Defense Guidelines Encourage U.S. Confrontation with China

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Japan has always been Washington's number one Asian ally. That was demonstrated with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's trip to Washington, highlighted by a speech to Congress. Unfortunately, the relationship increases the likelihood of a confrontation between the U.S. and China.

G7: Coffee with Angela Merkel

Fernando Morales-de la Cruz | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Fernando Morales-de la Cruz

Fernando Morales-de la Cruz, Founder CAFÉ FOR CHANGE, asks: Madam Chancellor, how many cents of every cup of coffee you will serve at the G7 summit will help eradicate poverty in coffee growing regions?

How the U.S. and Japan Are Opening Markets to Contain China

R. Taggart Murphy | Posted 05.06.2015 | World
R. Taggart Murphy

TOKYO -- Unlike his grandfather who had to return to a country simmering with rage at his having delivered Japan into the arms of the U.S. military as a protectorate in perpetuity, Abe can crow to his right wing base that he has finally released the shackles that have bound Japan's military since 1945 -- all the while procuring American backing in any confrontation with China.

Why the New U.S.-Japan Security and Trade Pacts Will Incur China's Wrath

Minxin Pei | Posted 05.04.2015 | World
Minxin Pei

The most unfortunate aspect of the latest effort to strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance is that this step is unnecessarily hyped up as a strategic move to counterbalance China.

Why the U.S. and Japan Should Lead in the Pacific

安倍晋三 (Shinzō Abe) | Posted 05.04.2015 | World
安倍晋三 (Shinzō Abe)

Our predecessors' actions brought great suffering to Asia's peoples, and we must never avert our eyes from that. Today the U.S. and Japan must spread and nurture their shared values: the rule of law, democracy and freedom.

A Test for Cool (and Nice) Japan: Press Relations

Nancy Snow | Posted 05.04.2015 | World
Nancy Snow

To improve Japan's global reputation, the government of Japan must loosen its hold on the free press. Undue pressure on a press, whose duty is to report facts on the ground, creates more critics than defenders of Japan.

Allies: Why Japan, Rather Than Israel, Should Be the New Britain

William Bradley | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's just completed trip to Washington, D.C. and California points up Japan's new status. Our bitter enemy of the mid-20th century is poised to become America's most important ally in the early 21st century.

The Apology Olympics

John Feffer | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
John Feffer

It's not likely that Shinzo Abe will provide the kind of true contrition for Japan's wartime conduct that his critics in South Korea, China, the United States, and elsewhere demand -- unless he feels that he must. There are two ways of changing Abe's position on the history issue.

Japan's PM Abe Voices 'Repentance' On WWII In Speech To U.S. Congress

Reuters | Posted 06.29.2015 | World

(Adds reactions from China, South Korea in paragraphs 3, 12-13) By Matt Spetalnick and Chizu Nomiyama WASHINGTON, April ...

Abe's Visit Will Remind Americans China's Power Must Be Checked

Yuriko Koike | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Yuriko Koike

TOKYO -- Would a world order designed by China allow for the rise of another power to challenge it in the way the U.S.-led world order allowed for -- indeed, encouraged and assisted -- China's three-decade-long boom? To answer that question, one can look to the writings of the Chinese strategist Yan Xuetong, whose book "Ancient Chinese Thought, Modern Chinese Power" argues that all countries must recognize and accept China's centrality to the world as the Middle Kingdom.

What Shinzo Abe Wants From Washington -- And Why He Shouldn't Get It

Bruce Ackerman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Bruce Ackerman

Since taking office in 2012, Shinzo Abe has been trying to repudiate Article Nine of his country's constitution. But the more he tries, the less the public is convinced. Yet Abe refuses to give up, and is coming to Washington next week to enlist America's support. President Obama and Congress should reject the invitation.

Japan's Prime Minister Doesn't Offer Customary Apology For WWII

AP | Posted 04.22.2015 | World

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — South Korea expressed deep regret Wednesday that Japan's leader did not repeat his predecessors' apologies for the country...

Drone Containing Traces Of Radiation Lands On Roof Of Japanese PM's Office

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 06.21.2015 | World

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese authorities said they were investigating after a small drone laced with traces of radiation was found Wednesday on the roof of...

It Took Just One Email to Compromise the Leaders of the Free World

Adam Levin | Posted 06.02.2015 | Technology
Adam Levin

Somebody's shrimp is on the barbie at Australia's immigration department after an officer there emailed President Obama's passport number and other personal information to an organizer at the Asian Cup football tournament. And before you think otherwise: Yeah, it matters.

Boehner Announces Japanese Prime Minister Will Address U.S. Congress

Reuters | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, March 26 (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on ...

Group Says Japan's Prime Minister Can Address Congress If He Acknowledges WW2 Past

Reuters | David Brunnstrom | Posted 03.19.2015 | World

WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) - An organization for former U.S. prisoners of the Japanese and a Korean-American forum say Japanese Prime Minister Shi...

Merkel Reminds Japan To Confront Its Wartime Past

Reuters | Andreas Rinke | Posted 05.10.2015 | World

By Andreas Rinke TOKYO, March 9 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, referring to Germany's own experience, reminded Japan on ...

Is Japan's Prime Minister the Next Putin?

John Feffer | Posted 04.29.2015 | World
John Feffer

Abe is the front man for a Japanese political faction that wants to purge the country of its lingering pacifism so as to reorder East Asia with a militarily powerful Japan at its center.

Japan's Media Censorship Is Getting Worse

Reuters | Posted 04.26.2015 | Media

By Linda Sieg TOKYO, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Worries are growing in Japan about a trend of media self-censorship as journalists and experts...