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

Sunil Chacko | Posted 07.21.2014 | 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 07.15.2014 | 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 07.04.2014 | 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 07.02.2014 | 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 07.01.2014 | 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 06.27.2014 | 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 06.25.2014 | 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 06.25.2014 | 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 06.24.2014 | 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 06.24.2014 | 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 06.09.2014 | 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 06.03.2014 | 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 06.03.2014 | 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 06.02.2014 | 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 05.30.2014 | 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 05.27.2014 | 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.

Is Modi India's Shinzo Abe?

Brahma Chellaney | Posted 07.19.2014 | World
Brahma Chellaney

After a prolonged period of political drift and paralysis, India's new government will be led by a man known for his decisiveness. Just as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's return to power in late 2012, after six years of political instability, reflected Japan's determination to reinvent itself as a more competitive and confident country, Narendra Modi's election victory reflects Indians' desire for a dynamic, assertive leader to help revitalize their country's economy and security.Like Abe, Modi is expected to focus on reviving India's economic fortunes while simultaneously bolstering its defenses and strengthening its strategic partnerships with likeminded states, thereby promoting regional stability and blocking the rise of a Sino-centric Asia.

Shinzo Abe Seeks Big Military Shift For Japan

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 07.15.2014 | World

TOKYO (AP) — Citing threats from China and North Korea, a government-appointed panel is urging Japan to reinterpret its pacifist constitution to all...

Facing Off with China: U.S., Japan, Allies All the Way to NATO Strengthen Opposition to Aggression

T. Dean Reed | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
T. Dean Reed

War games and even war threats are proliferating in Asia following President Obama's trip. The U.S. and its major ally in Asia, Japan, have pushed back, jointly putting China on notice while continuing to seek peaceful relations.

'Womenomics' Will Be Key to Japan's Revival

Shinzō Abe | Posted 07.05.2014 | World
Shinzō Abe

I will create a society where women shine. Under my administration, women's active participation constitutes the core of the growth strategy, rather than social policy. In this respect, we have decided that at least 30 percent of all national government officials employed next year will be women. I have also been urging listed companies to add at least one woman as a board member. By encouraging the advancement of women in society, we will raise our growth rate and promote "womenomics."

Asia-Pacific Pivot: Obama Trip So Far As Important for What Hasn't Happened As for What Has Happened

William Bradley | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

While the shouting but, notably, not shooting continues in the Ukraine crisis, and the Middle East peace process collapses, President Barack Obama is in the middle of his four-nation Asia-Pacific tour. How's it going, amidst very predictable distractions from Russia and Israel? Fair to middling.

Zach Carter

Why Corporations Are Freaking Out About Obama's Big Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Steve Biegun is not exactly a left-wing radical. During the Bush years, he served as an adviser to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice an...

Obama Finally Gets Back to the Asia-Pacific

William Bradley | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

This is a critical time for the the Asia-Pacific Pivot. Which is, of course, America's shift from its fateful post-9/11 fixations with the Islamic world of the Middle East and Central Asia to the rising Asia-Pacific.

Obama Eats At One Of The World's Best Sushi Restaurants

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics

After arriving in Tokyo on Wednesday, President Barack Obama and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dined at Sukiyabashi Jiro, one of the world's fines...