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

Adam Levin | Posted 04.02.2015 | 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 03.26.2015 | 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 03.10.2015 | 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 02.27.2015 | 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 02.24.2015 | Media

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

Terrorist Killings Illustrate Why Japan Must Join the World and Defend Itself

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.18.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

The tragic killing of the two hostages reinforced domestic concerns over Japanese rearmament. If they want to reinforce their (recent) pacifist heritage, so be it. But they should not then expect Washington to protect them. Serious countries defend themselves. They don't turn their futures over to other nations to save a little money.

Japan's Economy Emerges From Recession, Growth Weaker Than Forecast

Reuters | Posted 02.15.2015 | World

(Reuters) - Japan's economy rebounded from recession to grow an annualized 2.2 percent in the final quarter of last year, giving a much-needed boost t...

How the Vacuum Left by America Bolsters China's 'Asia for Asians' Strategy

Yoon Young-kwan | Posted 04.04.2015 | World
Yoon Young-kwan

SEOUL -- With the U.S. economy yet to recover fully from the global economic crisis, and American politics increasingly dysfunctional, there is a global power vacuum that China, with shrewd diplomacy and economic might, hopes to fill -- beginning in Asia. This may not yet mean Asia for only the Asians; but it could mean a reduced regional role for the U.S. -- especially as America turns inward during the presidential election season that starts this year.

Did Obama's India Visit Revive the 'Asian Arc of Democracy' Strategy Against China?

Pawan Khera | Posted 03.30.2015 | World
Pawan Khera

However neatly wrapped, self-interest is the underlying theme of foreign policy. India will have to tread with extreme caution on this path of a joint strategic vision for the Asia-Pacific. The U.S. will only walk on this path up to a point. Australia and Japan have not exhibited consistency in their China policy.

Hostage Crisis Shows How Japan Fails to Protect Its Citizens -- And What It's Doing About It

Yuriko Koike | Posted 03.30.2015 | World
Yuriko Koike

TOKYO -- It is unacceptable for a government to be unable to protect its own citizens. That is why Abe is determined to amend, or at least reinterpret, Japan's constitution to allow for the kinds of defense maneuvers that other countries, from Israel to India, employ when their people are threatened. As U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson once put it, a constitution is not a suicide pact.

Secret Talks In Jordan Try To Win Release Of Hostages

AP | ELAINE KURTENBACH | Posted 03.29.2015 | World

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed outrage and demanded Wednesday that Islamic State extremists release a Japanese journalist...

South Korea And China Warn Japan Not To Backtrack On Apology Over Wartime Past

Reuters | Posted 01.27.2015 | World

SEOUL, Jan 27 (Reuters) - South Korea and China warned Japan on Tuesday not to backtrack on its apology issued 20 years ago over its wartime past when...

Why Stupid Politics Is the Cause of Our Economic Problems

Joseph E. Stiglitz | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Joseph E. Stiglitz

The near-global stagnation witnessed in 2014 is man-made. It is the result of politics and policies in several major economies -- politics and policies that choked off demand. In the absence of demand, investment and jobs will fail to materialize. It is that simple.

ISIS Threatens To Kill Japanese Hostages

Reuters | Posted 03.21.2015 | World

By Luke Baker JERUSALEM, Jan 20 (Reuters) - The militant group Islamic State released an online video on Tuesday purport...

Japan's Prime Minister Abe Says He Will Express Remorse For World War II

AP | KEN MORITSUGU | Posted 03.07.2015 | World

TOKYO (AP) — In a year that marks the 70th anniversary of World War II's end, a question weighs on the minds of policymakers in Asia and as far away...

HuffPost's International Editors Select The Biggest News Stories Of 2014

The Huffington Post | Paul Vale & Talia Lavin | Posted 12.23.2014 | World

From the Ebola crisis, to the disappearance of flight MH370 and the brutal beheadings in Syria by members of the Islamic State, 2014 was a remarkable ...

Japan's Election Sees A Landslide Victory For Ruling Party

Reuters | Posted 02.13.2015 | World

By Linda Sieg and Antoni Slodkowski TOKYO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition cruised to a big e...

Obama and the Gordian Knot of Politics

John Feffer | Posted 01.28.2015 | World
John Feffer

The world is more complicated. The knots are somehow knottier. Bringing in a council of concerned citizens to patiently untie the Gordian knot of politics may take longer. But, in the end, consent is mightier than the sword.

Japan Prime Minister Shakes Up Government In Hopes To Preserve Power

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 11.20.2014 | World

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the lower house of Japan's parliament Friday, paving the way for a general election next month. Th...

Asia Smiles for the Cameras

John Feffer | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
John Feffer

Washington needs to recognize that its Pacific pivot is adding insecurity to the region, not stability. With its arms sales and encouragement of ally assertiveness, the United States is bringing peace to the region just like the Colt .45 "Peacemaker" brought peace to the Wild West.

Japanese PM To Call Snap Elections

Reuters | Posted 01.18.2015 | World

TOKYO, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday he would delay a planned rise in the nation's sales tax to 10 percent t...

Behind the Handshakes, Military Tensions Are Rising Between China and Its Neighbors

Peter Mellgard | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
Peter Mellgard

The president of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino, became the second of two close American allies (after Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe) to shake hands with President Xi Jinping of China this week. Xi and Aquino shared promises to constructively manage tensions in the South China Sea, a promising step forward after several years of maritime incursions into territory both countries claim as their own.

Japan's Real National Security Challenge -- and What It Means For America

Aki Peritz | Posted 01.11.2015 | World
Aki Peritz

Tokyo's greatest national security challenge isn't actually Beijing or Pyongyang. Rather, it's the rapidly aging population that seriously undermines Japan's long-term ability to adequately protect itself.

After the Icy Handshake, What Comes Next?

Yanmei Xie | Posted 01.10.2015 | World
Yanmei Xie

Now that Xi and Abe have had their icy handshake, China and Japan need to move forward. Hotlines are necessary, but so is continued leadership: for President Xi, to ensure that anti-Japanese nationalism does not dictate policy towards Tokyo; for Prime Minister Abe, to tamp down tendencies towards historical revisionism.