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Why Japan Is No Threat

Fontaine & Hornung, Japan Times

Abe Is Not Trying to Build a New Empire

Michael Auslin, Foreign Policy

Why China and Japan Could Fight

Hugh White, The National Interest

Why Defending Taiwan Is Illegal

Julian Ku, The Diplomat

Nearly 70 years after the end of World War II, the danger to Asia does not stem from Japanese militarism. On the contrary, a more robust Japanese military posture will serve not as...(full article)

Besides, do you really fear a strong, democratic Japan more than a strong, authoritarian China?...(full article)

China’s primary aim is to strengthen its leadership in Asia and undermine America’s. The best way to do that without confronting America too directly is to weaken the a...(full article)

As the Japanese Prime Minister's government pushes economic reform, it faces a major challenge: uprooting a male-centric business culture....(full article)

Under black-letter international law, Japan cannot use military force in Taiwan absent China’s consent, even if the Taiwan government requests its assistance. Why? Because t...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Tokyo's Subtle Revolution - Nick Bisley, The Diplomat

On July 1, the Japanese Cabinet issued an eight page document detailing a set of changes in the way Japan approaches its defense and security policy. At first glance the decision ...

Abe Pushing Beijing, Seoul Together - Japan Times

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s decision to hold a summit with South Korean President Park Geun-hye in Seoul without first visiting Pyonyang reflects the rapidly declining relatio...

The Changing Role of First Ladies - Yo-Jung Chen, The Diplomat

Slowly but surely, women are breaking through the glass ceiling of politics. While this of course is justly celebrated, relatively little attention is paid to a much more tradition...

Is New China the Old Japan? - Curtis Chin, Asia Times

As the sixth meeting of the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) takes place July 9-10 in Beijing, with US Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jacob...

China's Changing Position on Japan's History - Zachary Keck, Diplomat

In recent years, China has significantly hardened its stance on Japan acknowledging its imperial past. Why?...

Can Beijing & Seoul Become Strategic Partners? - Scott Snyder, Diplomat

China’s President Xi Jinping will complete an exchange of state visits with South Korean President Park Geun-hye in the space of a little less than a year. This is a remarkable...

Is Shinzo Abe Headed to North Korea? - J. Berkshire Miller, Nat'l Interest

Last week, senior Japanese diplomats met with their North Korean counterparts in Beijing to discuss progress on Pyongyang’s promise to reinvestigate cases of abducted Japanese na...

Japan & China Vie for 21st Century Dominance - Patrick Smith, Fisc. Times

A specter haunts the great powers of East Asia. It is the specter of ethnic chauvinism and a recrudescent nationalism one would have thought a thing of the past. With this comes th...

Identity, Not Ideology, Is Moving the World - Fareed Zakaria, Wash Post

In an age of globalization, elites have discussions about political ideology — more government, less government — but, as Samuel Huntington noted many years ago, the bottom-up ...

Asia's Military Revolution - Yoon Young-Kwan, Project Syndicate

A vast revolution in military affairs is taking place across East Asia. The latest signs are Chinese President Xi Jinping’s purge of General Xu Caihou, an ex-Politburo member...

Will Japan's Democracy Survive Abe? - William Pesek, Bloomberg View

Japan has every right to defend itself. It's been a good global citizen since 1945 and deserves a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council. If its people support a change in the...

The Ally America Needs - Dennis Blair, Politico Magazine

Japan’s moves away from pacficism are nothing to worry about -- in fact, they’re great for the United States....

Japan Takes a Step Away from Pacifism - The Economist

it took a war of attrition for Shinzo Abe, the prime minister, to win agreement to end a long-standing ban on Japanese troops coming to the aid of allies. But in the end, after mon...

Japan and the Limits of Military Power - New York Times

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has disturbed many in Japan and increased anxiety in Asia by reinterpreting his country’s pacifist postwar Constitution so that the military can play a ...

Shinzo Abe Guts Article 9 - Japan Times

The Abe administration, in a Cabinet decision made on Tuesday — the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Self-Defense Forces — changed the government’s longstanding i...

Understanding Japan's Military Shift - John Swenson-Wright, BBC News

The administration of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced a major new interpretation of the security provisions of the country's 1947 constitution, permitting its Self...

Japan at a Historic Crossroad - JoongAng Daily

The cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday approved the controversial right to “collective self-defense.” In an arbitrary re-interpretation of its decades-old pacifist ...

China Plays Good-Cop-Bad-Cop with Japan - Shannon Tiezzi, The Diplomat

As Clint reported earlier today, 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-def...

Japan's Abe to Overturn Pacifist Article 9 - Justin McCurry, The Guardian

Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is to defy public opinion and announce a dramatic shift in the country's defence policy that would make it easier for its troops to fight in ove...

Japan Finally Apologizes to Its Women - Noah Smith, Bloomberg

To a naïve Western observer, this scene might look like just another day in the byzantine, hidebound world of Japanese politics. But I’ve been watching Japanese politics...

Japan's Historical Blinders - New York Times

At a time when constructive relations between Japan and South Korea are more important than ever to Asian security, the two countries, allies of the United States, have been unable...

Would Americans Die for Asia? - Harry Kazianis, The National Interest

Would Obama make the case to the American people that its men and women should give their lives to what many pundits would undoubtedly spin as a ploy to protect a bunch of rocks wi...

Japan's Trickery Won't Fool International Community - Korea Times

For the past several months, the Japanese government has racked its brain how to dilute, if not revoke, Tokyo's 1993 apology for the wartime sex slavery of foreign women. Friday's ...

Beijing Is Tempting Fate - Michael Mazza, The Diplomat

Why are Chinese forces acting so recklessly? The fact that Chinese military officers are repeating the same behaviors over and over again suggests that these are not the acts of ...

The World's Best Leader - Noah Smith, Bloomberg View

The rest of the world should be paying attention. For the first time in 25 years, Japan looks like it could be at the head of the international pack. It’s far from a done dea...

Why a Strong Japan Is Worrisome - Patrick Smith, Fiscal Times

“We’ve had a strong China and a weak Japan, and then a strong Japan and a weak China,” Pilling observes. “But we’ve never had a strong China and a str...

The East China Sea Boils - Jeffrey Hornung, The National Interest

China initially argued the Japanese aircraft entered an area where China and Russia were conducting joint naval exercises, thereby forcing China to scramble jets to meet the Japane...

Securing the Rule of Law at Sea - Shinzo Abe, Project Syndicate

Japan is in a better position than ever before to play a larger and more proactive role in ensuring peace in Asia and the world. We enjoy the explicit and enthusiastic support of o...

The Great Global Backlash Has Arrived - Nouriel Roubini, Project Syndicate

In the 1930’s, the failure to prevent the Great Depression empowered authoritarian regimes in Europe and Asia, eventually leading to World War II. This time, the damage caused by...

Signs of Rule of Law in Asia's Wild West - Christian Science Monitor

Defense leaders in East Asia, including those from the US, meet as the region roils over China's aggressive acts over islands and watery resources. A few nations, however, take leg...

Let Japan Help Defend America -- And Itself - Clyde Prestowitz, Reuters

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is now following through on actions laid out in his recent bold speech calling for Japan to defend allies who might be under attack. But wait, y...

Shinzo Abe's Secret Weapon: Koichi Hamada - Emily Cadei, Ozy

If Japan’s economic experiment is a success, it will lift the global economy and provide some important lessons. And flush friends make for flush friendships....

China, Japan Battle for Russia's Allegiance - Zachary Keck, The Diplomat

It’s no secret that as Japan and China’s dispute in the East China Sea has intensified, so too has their struggle for influence all over the globe. Besides the global PR battle...

Abe's Militarism Endangers Japan - Jiro Yamaguchi, Japan Times

For more than half a century, the government has interpreted the Constitution to mean that Japan can use force solely to defend itself against foreign invasion. This established in...

New Asian Order: Chiran, Japindia & Philnambodia - H. Timmons, Quartz

Despite strong trade and investment ties, Asia’s political alliances are in a state of flux, thanks to China’s voracious demand for resources and aggressive moves in the South ...

Godzilla vs. the Japanese Constitution - Ryan Faith, Vice

Japan’s ongoing and long-running debate about its relationship with military force and role in the world was marked by two coincidental but related events last week. A panel prop...

Is Narendra Modi India's Shinzo Abe? - Brahma Chellaney, Project Syn.

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&...

How Japan and North Korea 'Use' Each Other - Zachary Keck, The Diplomat

By reaching out to Japan at a time when the latter is embroiled in a bitter dispute with China, North Korea is seeking to demonstrate to its patron in Beijing that there are potent...

The Battle for the South China Sea - Michael Totten, World Affairs

Furious mobs fire-bombed Chinese-owned factories in Vietnam in retaliation for China placing an oil rig in what Vietnam claims are its territorial waters. Hanoi is cracking down ...

China Follows Japan's Prewar Blueprint - James Gibney, Bloomberg View

For all China's stern injunctions to Japan to remember wartime history, its bumbling aggression in Southeast Asia suggests it also could use a refresher course....

More Flexiblility for Japan's Military? - Washington Post

Within a few years, as the Cold War intensified and the United States sought to rebuild Japan as an ally against the Soviet threat, the constitution began to be reinterpreted. Japa...

Shinzo Abe Rattles His Saber - JoongAng Daily

Japan’s military posture is near a turning point as Tokyo tries to lift military limits for the first time since World War II. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, citing a govern...

Japan Wrestles with Defending Itself - Yomiuri Shimbun

Collective self-defense is a hot-button issue in Japan. It shouldn't be....

How Obama Can Earn His Peace Prize - William Pesek, Bloomberg View

The risk of gunfire is rising by the day. The year ended in March saw a record number of Japanese fighter jets scrambled against Chinese aircraft. In total, Tokyo deployed jets 810...

Shinzo Abe Takes Aim at Article 9 - Japan Times

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Thursday that he will seek to change the government’s long-standing interpretation of the Constitution to lift the ban on Japan exercising...

Nikkei Down Over 10 Percent

Asian shares tumbled Tuesday as Tokyo's stock benchmark plunged 11% on panic selling amid worries that a possible nuclear catastrophe in Japan would further complicate and endang...

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