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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 11.28.2014 | 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 11.20.2014 | 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 11.18.2014 | 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 11.13.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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 11.03.2014 | 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 10.31.2014 | 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 11.02.2014 | 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 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.

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

Yanmei Xie | Posted 10.21.2014 | 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 10.12.2014 | 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 10.07.2014 | 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 10.07.2014 | 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 09.28.2014 | 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.