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

Pawan Khera | Posted 01.29.2015 | 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 01.28.2015 | 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 01.27.2015 | 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 01.26.2015 | 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 01.20.2015 | 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 01.05.2015 | 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 12.15.2014 | 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.

Leaders Of China And Japan Hold Ice-Breaking Meeting

AP | CHRISTOPHER BODEEN | Posted 01.09.2015 | World

BEIJING (AP) — An uneasy handshake Monday between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe marked the first meeting betwe...

Old Wars in the 'New Burma'

John Sifton | Posted 01.03.2015 | World
John Sifton

When President Obama and other world leaders arrive here in Burma, they need to press the government on a slew of human rights issues, ranging from constitutional issues to the Rohingya crisis. But they also need to raise the issue of human rights abuses in the context of Burma's armed conflicts.

Nikkei Soars As Bank Of Japan Announces Unexpected Stimulus Measures

AP | ELAINE KURTENBACH | Posted 12.30.2014 | Business

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's central bank surprised the financial world and pleased investors Friday by intensifying its purchases of government bonds and o...

Obama's Troublesome Distractions Won't Wreck His Asia-Pacific Pivot (But Not Because of Him)

William Bradley | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

One good thing for the president is that his Asia-Pacific Pivot -- heightened engagement with the rising region, and nascent superpower China -- hasn't been wrecked by the lengthening array of Obama administration distractions, including his troubled and tardy war against Isis.

Japan Wrongly Blames U.S. For Repressive Japanese Secrecy Law

Mort Halperin | Posted 12.05.2014 | World
Mort Halperin

Japan's new law fails the international standards on many fronts and completely disregards the Japanese citizen's right to know.

Modi's Power Play - Can Obama Charm Him?

Elena Ulansky | Posted 11.22.2014 | World
Elena Ulansky

Undoubtedly, America wants to get India's support for its Russian sanctions. But it is very unlikely that America can get India to abandon it's long term Russian ally.

Modi's Visit to America - Obama's Golden Opportunity

Elena Ulansky | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Elena Ulansky

The new Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will be meeting with President Barack Obama on the 30th of September. Prime Minister Modi is arriving at a moment when India-America relations have been worse then ever in recent memory.

Japan PM Selects 5 Women For New Cabinet

AP | YURI KAGEYAMA | Posted 01.14.2015 | World

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister picked five women for his Cabinet on Wednesday, matching the past record and sending the strongest message yet a...

India-Japan Ties: Investing in the future

Samarth Pathak | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Samarth Pathak

The time is ripe to infuse energy into this historic relationship. Not only are both governments stable with visionary leadership but there is also a strong will among businesses and policymakers on both sides to build a mutually-beneficial partnership.