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

Nathan Gardels | Posted 08.14.2016 | 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)

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 Worl...

Abe Aspires to Make Japan a Great Power While Sanitizing History

Herbert P. Bix | Posted 08.12.2016 | 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 08.11.2016 | 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 the Fukushima disaster ...

My Dreams Seek Revenge: Visiting Hiroshima

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.10.2016 | 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 to Jap...

The Abe Administration's Arrogance of Power Moment

Nancy Snow | Posted 07.16.2016 | 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.

Japanese Scholars Say No to War

C. M. Rubin | Posted 07.11.2016 | 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 07.02.2016 | 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 06.18.2016 | 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 | 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 06.09.2016 | 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 06.01.2016 | 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 05.06.2016 | 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 05.04.2016 | 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 05.04.2016 | 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 05.04.2016 | 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.

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 ...