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Japanese-Korean Relations and the American National Interest

Bernard Rowan | Posted 01.19.2016 | World
Bernard Rowan

A noted scholar of Islamic civilization, Marshall G. S. Hodgson, said something important about history through his work. The things of this world, i...

A Brief History Of North Korea's Nuclear Tests

Vocativ | Posted 01.06.2016 | World
Vocativ

North Korea announced that it conducted a hydrogen bomb test, hailing it "a complete success." If confirmed, the test, which ignited a firestorm of reaction from nations worldwide, would violate UN Security Council agreements and mark a significant advancement for the country's nuclear capabilities.

'Comfort Women' Deal Is a Win-Win But Japan and Korea Must Do More

Jane Harman | Posted 01.06.2016 | World
Jane Harman

Japan must do more to counter false histories. This issue will never be closed if school textbooks and official memorials continue to misrepresent the truth. Too often, Abe's government has ignored or enabled the spread of dangerous narratives about the country's past -- narratives that continue to drive tension today. He must back efforts to continue educating his constituents on the facts. South Korea, for its part, also has more work to do pitching its citizens on the agreement.

Japan and South Korea: A New Beginning?

John Feffer | Posted 12.31.2015 | World
John Feffer

Japan and South Korea have very close alliances with the United States. They also have had diplomatic relations with each other for 50 years, not to ...

South Korea, Japan Reach Deal On Women Forced Into Sexual Slavery

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 12.28.2015 | World

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan said Monday they had reached a deal meant to resolve a decades-long ...

Bomb Blast Hits Bathroom At Japan's Shrine For War Dead

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 11.23.2015 | World

TOKYO (AP) — An explosion Monday damaged a public restroom at a controversial shrine in Tokyo that honors Japanese war dead, with police suspec...

Philippines' APEC Fever: Is it Worth it?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 11.16.2015 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

In the coming days, the Philippines will be in the global spotlight. It will play host to one of the world's most important gatherings, the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting -- a prestigious hobnob comparable with the G20 and G7 summits.

The Fate of Abe's Japan

Joseph Nye | Posted 11.04.2015 | World
Joseph Nye

TOKYO -- As Shinzo Abe sat down this week in Seoul with South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, he did so as the leader of a country that many people around the world now seriously underestimate. That dynamic certainly was felt during the three Northeast Asian powers' first summit since 2012.

Japan's Improbable Military Resurgence

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 10.30.2015 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has requested a record five trillion yen ($42 billion) defense budget for fiscal year 2016 and reinterpreted the constitution to allow Japan to exercise the right of collective self-defense. The efforts have provoked growing alarm.

After Empire

John Feffer | Posted 10.29.2015 | World
John Feffer

Those of us who have campaigned for a radical reduction of the U.S. military footprint overseas have spent so much time detailing our objections to the status quo that we don't have much time left over to consider what would happen if we succeed.

Womenomics Makes Headway

Kathy Kemper | Posted 10.23.2015 | Women
Kathy Kemper

Japan is getting serious about gender equality, and, despite doubters, recent signs point to progress. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made empowerment for women one of his top three reform "arrows" aimed at rekindling the economy two years ago and set about making policies to boost female participation in Japan's workforce.

Enduring China-Japan Hatreds Risk Renewed Conflict Involving U.S.

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.04.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

While the U.S. and Japan have no aggressive designs on China, Beijing understandably looks uneasily at the alliance of its old enemy with the globe's dominant power. Thus, China is developing a military capable of confronting American as well as Japanese military action, no easy task.

The Greatest Threat to Japan's National Security Is Debt

Kosuke Takahashi | Posted 10.02.2015 | World
Kosuke Takahashi

The greatest threat to Japan's security at the moment is not China or North Korea, it is the nation's public debt, which has surpassed one quadrillion yen ($10.46 trillion).

Does Japan Need to Be Involved in the Middle East?

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 09.19.2015 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Despite having not taken part in the Syrian crisis, Japan is today being questioned for not taking in any refugees from the war-torn nation.

Japan Advances Bills Allowing Overseas Warfare For 1st Time Since WWII

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 09.17.2015 | World

Japan's ruling party pushed forward bills allowing the military to fight overseas for the first time since World War II, Reuters reported. The mo...

Trump Excels at Business, But He Has No Business in International Politics

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.21.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Shammas

Business isn't simple; foreign policy isn't either. If Trump wants to be taken seriously by the general electorate, he should demonstrate the nuanced understanding of foreign policy exemplified by candidates ranging from Jeb Bush to Hillary Clinton.

Weekend Roundup: 70 Years After Its Defeat, the Land of the Rising Sun Meets China's Falling Currency

Nathan Gardels | Posted 08.18.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

The future and the past are never far apart in modern Asia, where both the Middle Kingdom and the Land of the Rising Sun are, as never before, great powers at the same time. This week, on the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II, tensions simmered as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe once again stopped short of an apology for suffering Japan inflicted on innocent people. Meanwhile, a newly assertive China prepares for a reportedly unprecedented military display to mark the formal end of the war in early September. After repeated calls from the International Monetary Fund and the U.S. Treasury to let the market determine exchange rates, China this week devalued its currency. That, in turn, set off fears of beggar-thy-neighbor currency wars in a slack global economy. Taking this sudden move now, even as state intervention continues to prop up China's ailing stock market, has shaken confidence in the Communist Party's lauded ability to master events. (continued)

Weekend Roundup: 70 Years After Its Defeat, the Land of the Rising Sun Meets China's Falling Currency

Nathan Gardels | Posted 08.18.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

The future and the past are never far apart in modern Asia, where both the Middle Kingdom and the Land of the Rising Sun are, as never before, great powers at the same time. This week, on the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II, tensions simmered as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe once again stopped short of an apology for suffering Japan inflicted on innocent people. Meanwhile, a newly assertive China prepares for a reportedly unprecedented military display to mark the formal end of the war in early September. After repeated calls from the International Monetary Fund and the U.S. Treasury to let the market determine exchange rates, China this week devalued its currency. That, in turn, set off fears of beggar-thy-neighbor currency wars in a slack global economy. Taking this sudden move now, even as state intervention continues to prop up China's ailing stock market, has shaken confidence in the Communist Party's lauded ability to master events. (continued)

Japan's PM Stops Short Of Apology For World War II

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.14.2015 | World

TOKYO (AP) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acknowledged Friday that Japan inflicted "immeasurable damage and suffering" on innocent people in World War ...

World Watches As Japan's Prime Minister Confronts 70th Anniversary Of World War II

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 08.14.2015 | World

TOKYO, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was poised on Friday to issue a statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of Wor...

Abe Aspires to Make Japan a Great Power While Sanitizing History

Herbert P. Bix | Posted 08.12.2015 | World
Herbert P. Bix

On the important 70th anniversary of the war's end, China is on heightened alert to Japan's official statements. It will be watching to see if Abe continues to free himself from the constitutional constraints that bar him from using military force proactively on a global scale. Unlike when the Cold War ended and Koizumi took over, Abe openly aspires to make Japan a great Asian power.

It Is Time for Japan to Re-Asianize, Starting With a Gesture From Prime Minister Abe

Nathan Gardels | Posted 08.11.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

To re-enter this new neighborhood as a "normal power" in the future, Japan must first come to terms with its past. Despite the manifestly evident peacefulness of Japanese society for the last 70 years, the wounds of war remain fresh because they are part of the founding identity of modern Asia's nation-states.

Japan Restarts Nuclear Reactor For First Time Since Fukushima

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 08.12.2015 | World

  TOKYO/SATSUMASENDAI — Japan has restarted a nuclear reactor for the first time under new safety standards put in place since th...

My Dreams Seek Revenge: Visiting Hiroshima

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

I guess no matter how many times I went to Hiroshima, I always expected something different to happen, when in fact nothing happened. There were 200,000 souls out there that no matter how much concrete and paving had been laid down could not have been buried deep enough.

Panel To Prime Minister Abe: Japan Committed 'Aggression' In WWII

The WorldPost | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 08.10.2015 | World

On Aug. 6, the Advisory Panel on the History of the 20th Century and on Japan’s Role and World Order in the 21st Century submitted its report&n...