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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 04.30.2015 | 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 04.30.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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 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 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...

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.