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u.s. Japan Relations

An Open Letter To Prime Minister Abe: I Hope You Remain Committed To Reconciliation

Ari Beser | Posted 12.28.2016 | World
Ari Beser

I believe you are committed to peace, but I also believe these historic visits must be followed by policies that reflect them. I hope you stay committed to reconciliation. As you said, "the calamity of war must not be repeated."

Why a Stable Balance of Power in Asia Calls for a Resurgent Japan

Brahma Chellaney | Posted 01.25.2017 | World
Brahma Chellaney

NEW DELHI -- Japan's passive, checkbook diplomacy is giving way to a proactive, western-facing approach focused on the Asian mainland, the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean. The single biggest factor driving Japan's political rise is the ascent of a muscular China.

Japanese Fishermen and the Bikini Atoll H-bomb Blast

ADST | Posted 01.13.2017 | World

On March 1st, 1954, the U.S. conducted its largest hydrogen bomb test ever near the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

Reconciling Historical Memories From My Grandfather's Past to a Shared U.S.-Japanese Future

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 08.06.2016 | Politics
Joshua W. Walker

Lewis Graham of Bowling Green, Kentucky, my maternal grandfather, was one of the last remaining B-29 bomber pilots to have flown over and taught other pilots how to bomb the islands of the Pacific.

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.

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.

Not Just an Island, But a Bridge: Japan's Thorny South Becomes Its Greatest Global Asset

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 11.30.2014 | World
Joshua W. Walker

As China becomes increasingly more aggressive to U.S. allies in the region, America's significant presence in Okinawa has never been more necessary. But the devil remains in the details of how 33 military bases across the island can be most efficiently dispersed and leveraged.

The United States' Stance on Sino-Japanese Maritime Dispute

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
S. Azmat Hassan

The United States' stance which was largely neutral earlier over the disputed islets in the East China Sea between China and Japan seems to have morphed from ambiguous neutrality to a more pro-Japanese flavor.

Nice Japan Welcomes Sweet Caroline: Five Things to Know

Nancy Snow | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Nancy Snow

Caroline Kennedy has the opportunity to be the most influential ambassador to Japan in 50 years.

U.S. Sailor Found Dead In Japan

Posted 10.29.2012 | World

Police in Japan said Monday that a U.S. sailor was found dead at a train station in Nagasaki Prefecture over the weekend. The sailor, identified a...

China, Japan and USA: Peace Partners Through Commerce

Noel Irwin Hentschel | Posted 12.21.2012 | World
Noel Irwin Hentschel

To be an American business person in China during the recent dramatic fallout of Sino-Japan relations over disputed island sovereignty in the East China Sea offered a thought provoking opportunity for the U.S.

Reaffirming Tokyo's Leader in Washington

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 07.01.2012 | World
Joshua W. Walker

In isolation, neither 3.11 nor Mr. Noda have changed Japan. Yet in different ways both have exposed the Japanese state's shortcomings by contrasting the resilience of its citizenry with the impotence of its government.

US-Japan Friendship Dolls Then & How to Help Today

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

This is a time when Japan and its current leader, Naoto Kan, or some as yet undiscovered inspiring visionary, need to figure out a pathway to reinvention. This is a time when Japan needs help.

U.S.-Japan Relations Chill

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

While most of the federal government was shut down by a snowstorm last week, there was one person in particular whom Secretary of State Hillary Rodham...