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

Elena Ulansky | Posted 09.03.2014 | 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 09.03.2014 | 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 09.02.2014 | 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.

Second Thoughts in Beijing: 'We Are Still Facing a Powerful Japan'

Yanmei Xie | Posted 08.21.2014 | World
Yanmei Xie

Beijing's sparring with Abe has produced underwhelming results. An international public relations blitz following Abe's Yasukuni trip -- to remind the world of Japan's past aggression and warn of resurgent militarism -- resulted not in a chorus of condemnation of Tokyo but in wariness of excessive Chinese rhetoric. Nor did harsh criticism of Abe undermine his standing at home.

For Japan, Policy So Far Is Too Little Too Late

Milton Ezrati | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Milton Ezrati

By 2030, Japan will have less than two people of working age for each retiree. If left unaddressed, such a lopsided mix of producers and consumers will bankrupt Japan's pension system and assure a stunted pace of growth.

Japan's Robust Self-Defense Is Good for Asia

Joseph Nye | Posted 08.07.2014 | World
Joseph Nye

If China becomes aggressive, Asian countries like India and Australia -- which are already disturbed by China's assertiveness in the South China Sea -- will join Japan in the effort to offset China's power. But, as things stand, a strategy of containment would be a mistake. After all, the best way to engender enmity is to treat China as an enemy. A more effective approach, spearheaded by the U.S. and Japan, would focus on integration, with a hedge against uncertainty. American and Japanese leaders must shape the regional environment in such a way that China has incentives to act responsibly, including by maintaining strong defense capabilities.

The New Trans-Pacific Nexus: Asia Comes to Latin America

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 08.07.2014 | World
Joshua W. Walker

While European roots run deep in the New World and the United States has asserted itself as a strategic guardian of the Western Hemisphere since the Monroe Doctrine, Asia represents the future for many countries in Latin America.

Parsing the East Asian Powder Keg

Conn Hallinan | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
Conn Hallinan

The past six months have seen an incredible ratcheting up of tensions in the East and South China Seas, where the world's three largest economies are caught up in an increasingly tangled web of territorial disputes, competing alliances, and historical grievances.

BRICS Bank Is Mostly a Jointly Managed Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF), and Opportune Time for a Japan-India SWF

Sunil Chacko | Posted 09.20.2014 | Business
Sunil Chacko

Having attended many Board meetings of the World Bank Group as part of the Executive Offices, I was struck by similarities and also some major differences.

America's Tragic Turn in Germany and Japan

Bruce Ackerman | Posted 09.14.2014 | World
Bruce Ackerman

It's taken a long time for Germany and Japan to recover from the Second World War. After enduring the indignity of military occupation, they regained sovereignty only by guaranteeing against future threats to peace. Germany's new constitution only authorized military force in self-defense or in collaboration with collective security agreements. Japan's Article Nine went further, "forever renounc[ing] ... the threat or use of force as a means of settling international disputes." But this post-war settlement is unraveling before our eyes. The Obama administration must learn to distinguish the urgent from the truly fundamental. Unless it rethinks our traditional post-war partnerships, it risks an authoritarian Japan and a profoundly alienated Germany -- destroying one of the greatest legacies of the twentieth century.

Japan To Lift Some North Korea Sanctions

AP | By ERIC TALMADGE | Posted 09.01.2014 | World

TOKYO (AP) — Japan took a tentative step toward improved relations with North Korea on Friday by agreeing to lift some of its sanctions, as North Ko...

China's 'Good Cop, Bad Cop' Strategy Toward Japan

Shannon Tiezzi | Posted 09.01.2014 | World
Shannon Tiezzi

As reported early Wednesday, Shinzo Abe's LDP has succeeded in reaching an agreement with New Komeito to lift the ban on Japan's ability to engage in collective self-defense. China has been vocal in opposing any moves that give Tokyo more freedom to build up and make use of military force. Surprisingly, then, the response was fairly muted. It focused not on how Abe's collective self-defense policy will affect China, but how it will affect Japan itself.

In Landmark Shift, Japan Eases Post-WWII Limits On Military

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI and KEN MORITSUGU | Posted 08.31.2014 | World

TOKYO (AP) — Since Japan's defeat in World War II, its military has been shackled by restrictions imposed by a victorious U.S. and that, over time, ...

Japan's Defense Policy: A Domestic Or International Problem?

The Huffington Post | Michael Maisel | Posted 06.30.2014 | World

A man lit himself on fire in a busy Tokyo railway station on Sunday to protest a proposal by the Japanese government to weaken the country's decades-o...

Japan Poised For Major Security Shift

AP | By MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 08.27.2014 | World

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's ruling party and its coalition partner are near agreement on a major shift in the country's restrictive defensive policy that w...

Immigration and American Aging

Michael Hodin | Posted 08.25.2014 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

If David Brat's huge upset of Eric Cantor has legs across America, it may well mean the end of the great political goal of immigration reform.

Seeking Justice -- Or at Least the Truth -- For 'Comfort Women'

Christine Ahn | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Christine Ahn

On June 9, outside of Seoul, 91-year old Bae Chun-hui took her last gasp of air at the House of Sharing, a communal home established for former "comfort women" in South Korea to live out their remaining years in peace.

Why Asia Should Say No to Mr. Abe's Vision of International Law for Asia

Allen K. Yu | Posted 08.24.2014 | World
Allen K. Yu

A few weeks ago at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Shinzo Abe made a bold pitch to Asia to buy in on a new type of Japanese leadership. According to Mr. Abe, the peace that is at the foundation of the Asia Pacific's unprecedented growth can no longer be guaranteed. Without naming China by name, Mr. Abe warns of a new danger that looms on the horizon. The Asia Pacific needs Japanese leadership and a new affirmation of "international law."

Transparency Will Mean Security in Asia

Shinzō Abe | Posted 08.24.2014 | World
Shinzō Abe

If Asia is to build trust and avoid a regional arms race, a framework under which the region's governments publicly disclose their military budgets needs to be established. More broadly, keeping military expansion in check and improving mutual understanding among national defense authorities are the paramount issues now facing Asia.

Japan to China: Let's Talk Regional Peace, but Meanwhile We Will Arm Our Neighbors

T. Dean Reed | Posted 08.09.2014 | World
T. Dean Reed

With world leaders, east and west, voicing their concerns to China, it may well be Japan's strengthening of its neighbors, such as the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia, that will give China pause.

Abe's 'New Japanese' Want Their Grandfather's Asia: No Thanks, We Remember World War II

Eric X. Li | Posted 08.03.2014 | World
Eric X. Li

Many worry that a self-reflective and retrenching America is leaving a void in the world's balance of power. But hold your breath, here is Shinzo Abe coming to the rescue. Before the Americans sign their outsourcing contract with Tokyo, they would be well advised to listen carefully to Mr. Abe's Shangri-La speech. In his concluding remarks, he said that the New Japanese are really no different from their parents and grandparents in seeking to contribute to the world. For every Chinese and every Korean, it begs the question: Just who were those grandfathers Mr. Abe was so proudly referring to?

Japan and China Should Sit Down at the Negotiating Table

Shinzō Abe | Posted 08.03.2014 | World
Shinzō Abe

The Asia-Pacific region has achieved tremendous growth in the span of a single generation. Regrettably, a large and relatively disproportionate share of the fruits of that growth is going toward military expansion. The sources of instability include not only the threat of weapons of mass destruction, but also -- and more immediately -- efforts to alter the territorial status quo through force or coercion. And those efforts are taking place largely at sea. We do not welcome dangerous encounters by fighter aircraft and vessels at sea. What Japan and China must exchange are words. Should we not meet at the negotiating table, exchange smiles and handshakes, and get down to talking?

A Pandora's Box is Opening Up in East Asia

H.E. Yun Byung-se | Posted 08.02.2014 | World
H.E. Yun Byung-se

Today, Asia once again faces a historical challenge. It is standing at the crossroads between progress and retrogression. Why and how have we come this far? Partly, this is accounted for by the new and divergent outlook for the regional order -- a rising China, a resurgent Japan, strong Russia, anachronistic North Korea obsessed with the pursuit of nuclear weapons, and the United States who is rebalancing to Asia. It looks like the "Pandora's Box" is being opened, with all sorts of problems -- both old and new -- popping up, complicating the already very complex situation. Any of these developments, if mishandled or left unchecked, could escalate into a much more serious situation with far reaching consequences for the region.

Shinzo Abe: Japan Offers 'Utmost Support' To Nations In Disputes With China

Reuters | Posted 07.30.2014 | World

By Masayuki Kitano and Raju Gopalakrishnan SINGAPORE, May 30 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, pushing for a greater role for Ja...

Why Changing Japan's Pacifist Constitution Will Promote Peace in Asia

Yuriko Koike | Posted 07.27.2014 | World
Yuriko Koike

In the past week, Abe created for himself considerably more political space to act as a strategic partner, not only to India, but also to Japan's other allies, particularly the United States. Quietly, a panel appointed by Abe's government last week offered a reinterpretation of a key element of Article 9 of Japan's constitution. For the first time since the Pacific War's end in 1945, Japan's Self-Defense Forces would be able to participate in "collective self-defense" -- meaning that Japan could come to the aid of its allies should they come under attack. Of course, China and others in Asia have tried to muddy this change with the alarmist charge of a return to Japanese militarism. But the new interpretation of Article 9 augurs just the opposite: it embeds Japan's military within an alliance system that has been, and will remain, the backbone of Asia's prevailing structure of peace. If properly understood by China, this can foster a greater strategic equilibrium in the region. It is now possible for Asia's greatest powers -- China, India, Japan, and the U.S. -- to form something akin to the concert system that gave Europe a century of almost complete peace in the 19th century.