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Asia's Two Very Different Futures

Zachary Keck, The National Interest

3 Ways Ukraine Affects the Asia Pivot

Erik Brattberg, RealClearWorld

Sweden Turns Japanese

Paul Krugman, New York Times

Threat of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Miller, DeLauro & Slaughter, LAT

It’s well established that we are living in the Asian Century. Just what the Asian Century will look like is open to debate....(full article)

As with any presidency, Barack Obama's agenda has been heavily driven by external events. His landmark foreign policy initiative (if one doesn't count ending the two wars in the Mi...(full article)

Three years ago Sweden was widely regarded as a role model in how to deal with a global crisis. The nation’s exports were hit hard by slumping world trade but snapped back; i...(full article)

Many supporters of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, trade agreement are arguing that its fate rests on President Obama's bilateral talks with Japanese Prime Minister...(full article)

The Diet has started deliberations on a bill to revise the board of education system, which would enable local government heads to almost directly intervene in education at local s...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

The Second Coming of Japan - Shinzo Abe, Project Syndicate

US President Barack Obama is visiting Tokyo at a unique moment in my country’s history, with Japan’s economy moving onto a stable new growth path that will take full ad...

Will Japan Own Up to Sexual Slavery? - Korea Herald

Korea and Japan have resumed the diplomatic dialogue that had been suspended following Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the Yasukuni Shrine in December. Diplomats ...

How to Stop a Japan-China War - Joseph Nye & Kevin Rudd, Washington Post

While the world focuses on Ukraine, ships and planes from Japan and China challenge each other almost every day near a few square miles of barren islets in the East China Sea that ...

Japanese Face Future of Lonely Isolation - Japan Times

Japan is set to become a lonelier, more isolated country, according to a report earlier this month from the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, and it is...

What Germany Can Teach Japan - Jochen Bittner, New York Times

Imagine a postwar Germany that had never managed to become friends with its neighboring countries. Imagine a Germany that, despite all the remorse it had shown for its belligerence...

Obama's Legacy: Nuclear Japan? - Michael Rubin, Commentary

Most U.S. allies now recognize that they cannot trust the United States. In the Middle East, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Southeast Asia, and East Asia, traditional American all...

Let Asia Go Nuclear - Harvey Sapolsky & Christine Leah, The National Interest

America’s policy of opposing the proliferation of nuclear weapons needs to be more nuanced. What works for the United States in the Middle East may not in Asia. We do not want ...

How Japan Copied U.S. Culture and Improved It - T. Downey, Smithsonian

If you’re looking for some of America’s best bourbon, denim and burgers, go to Japan, where designers are re-engineering our culture in loving detail....

An Evolving Tale of Two Chinas - Kevin Rafferty, Japan Times

Will U.S. President Barack Obama draw a red line against any Chinese incursion across the strait, and more important, will he convince Beijing that he would enforce it?...

Is Abe Destroying Democracy to Defend Japan? - Takanori Sonoda, EAF

Is Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s new interpretation of Japan’s Constitution constitutional? Seeking to move his national agenda to revise the regime created after World W...

How to Calm Asia's History Wars - Mochizuki & O'Hanlon, National Interest

As President Obama prepares for his trip to Asia in two weeks, tensions are remarkably high in a part of the world that was supposed to be smart enough to focus on getting rich eve...

China Might Actually Seize Japan's Southern Islands - James Holmes, FP

It's not as crazy as you think-- and here's how the United States and Japan can prevent it from happening....

Can China Rise Peacefully? - John Mearsheimer, The National Interest

The intensified security competition that lies ahead will only increase China’s hostility toward Japan and the United States, and it is likely to turn into an acute case of h...

Once Again, Abe's Two-Faced Nature Revealed - JoongAng Daily

Tokyo has again shown itself to be Janus-faced. After feigning reconciliatory gestures to improve its reputation on the international stage, it carries on with totally antagonizing...

Japan, Russia May Now Be on Collision Course - Yuriko Koike, Japan Times

The days of an inward-looking Japan are over. Japan now sees threats elsewhere in the world in the context of its own security, and will react appropriately....

Japan's Booming Adultery Business - Kubo & Adelstein, The Daily Beast

It turns out Japanese married couples like sex as much as anyone, but not so much with each other....

Japanese Cool Toward Caroline Kennedy - Yo-Jung Chen, The Diplomat

After a rapturous welcome, Japanese enthusiasm for Ambassador Caroline Kennedy has cooled noticeably....

Japan Might Have Friends If It Just Shut Up - William Pesek, Bloomberg

There's a smarter way for Abe and his administration to deal with Japan's past: Limit comments to events that occurred after, say, 1990. If a journalist asks about the Nanjing mass...

Can Asia Prevent Its Own Crimea? - Bonnie Glaser & Ely Ratner, GPS

With the world watching Ukraine with wary eyes, the U.S. Navy’s lead admiral in the Pacific suggested Asia could face a similar crisis if the continent’s other major po...

Shinzo Abe's Forked Tongue - JoongAng Daily

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid a visit to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands. The house, where the young ...

Social Media Storm Descends on Japanese Town - Bill Powell, Newsweek

Kiyoko Isoda is a slight, elderly woman who runs a well-kept country inn in the small fishing village of Taiji, in western Japan, and it is safe to say she wouldn't know Ricky Gerv...

Can Japan Escape Its Demographic Crisis? - Ankit Panda, The Diplomat

Japan has a population problem. What can it do to address it (if anything)?...

Asia Needs America More than Europe - Harry White, National Interest

America’s allies in Europe are fundamentally more than capable of taking care of themselves, despite being disorganised. Western Europe’s major powers are formidable. G...

How Japan Could Turn the Tables on China - James Holmes, The Diplomat

Although Japan should repent for its crimes against China, so too should the CCP....

Shinzo Abe's Transparency Move Falls Short - Japan Times

The Abe administration’s decision to keep minutes of Cabinet meetings and release summaries, beginning in April, sounds like a positive step, but it is not likely to substantiall...

U.S. Interests Lie with Japan, Not China - John Makin, Nikkei Asian Review

The economic and geopolitical interests of the U.S. are far better aligned with Japan's goals than with China's. Now Japan is at an important turning point, and Washington needs to...

Iran Has a Friend in Right-Wing Japanese Novelist - Todd Crowell, RCW

The nationalist Japanese novelist Naoki Hyakuta may be controversial in his own country, but he is a hero in Iran. During a nine-day visit in February, he was treated like a VIP ev...

Can Abenomics Survive Tax Hike? - Anthony Fensom, The Diplomat

Japanese consumers face higher sales taxes from April 1. Will this derail the recovery?...

Xi and Abe Must Learn to Live Together - Rowan Callick, The Australian

The Liberal Democratic Party -- and the broader voting public -- of Japan opted in a big way for Abe, viewed as a strong leader, as anxiety grew about China with the Senkaku/Diaoyu...

Shinzo Abe's Defense Gambit - J. Berkshire Miller, World Affairs Journal

China’s aggressive actions in the East China Sea, combined with other factors, especially North Korea’s continuing intransigence, have created an increasingly hostile s...

Why Is Japan So ... Different? - David Pilling, Foreign Policy

Japan's perception of itself as isolated and different persists to this day, often to its disadvantage....

How History Textbooks Can Start Wars - Gideon Rachman, Financial Times

When political leaders start rewriting the past, you should fear for the future. In Russia, Hungary, Japan and China, recent politically sponsored efforts to change history textboo...

Tokyo Must Be Sincere in Atoning - JoongAng Daily

Amid mounting international criticism, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared on Friday that his administration will not revise a landmark apology made to comfort women who we...

Is Japan Going Nuclear? - Korea Times

When it comes to nuclear issues, Japan sets itself apart from the rest of the world in two ways: It is the only country bombed by nuclear weapons as well as the sole non-nuclear st...

Japanese Jingoism Won't Help Fukushima - William Pesek, Bloomberg View

After 1,095 days, untold billions of dollars of public expenditures and countless pledges to accelerate rebuilding efforts, radiation is still leaking at Fukushima. Only 3.4 percen...

Abe Shouldn't Reopen Old Wounds - Japan Times

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Feb. 28 told the Lower House Budget Committee that the Abe administration will start examining the process in which then Chief Cabinet Sec...

East Asia's Discourse Problem - Clint Work, The Diplomat

There is no lack of nationalist-driven myopia in Northeast Asia these days. The DPRK is the most emphatic and solipsistic iteration thereof. Meanwhile, China continues to assert i...

The Lure of Nationalism - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Nationalism is in the air. The scholars may talk about universal values and the need to combat all forms of determinism and essentialism. The media may see the world through the pr...

Why Washington Can't Restrain Tokyo - Jake Douglas, The Diplomat

China and Japan are increasingly at each other’s throats. America wants to stand between them, but because of its military presence on Japanese soil, it can only actually stand...

Japan's Strange Narcissism - Jiro Yamaguchi, Japan Times

In today’s Japan, the over-adaptation to globalization and the rise of exclusionist nationalism are two sides of the same coin. To keep a balance between sentiments of self-...

The Changing Status Quo in Asia - Robert Kaplan & Matt Gertken, Stratfor

While Japan reacts to a changing of the status quo, China is aware of its own role as an agent of change. Beijing knows that it is an emerging power. It knows that emerging powers ...

Is Abe Encouraging Japan's Nut Jobs? - William Pesek, Bloomberg View

When Abe and his ilk explain why Japan should be able to honor its dead soldiers and rewrite its pacifist constitution, they highlight how their nation has been a model global citi...

S. Korea-Japan Tensions in Small Town USA - Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer, FP

The quirky spectacle of Virginia's state legislature debating matters of East Asian international relations proved too much for journalists around the world to ignore. But it also ...

U.S. Regrets the Shinzo Abe It Wished For - David Pilling, Financial Times

There is an irony to all of this that will not be lost on Mr Abe. Ever since 1950, Washington has been urging Japan to rearm and to adopt the sort of defence posture Japan’s ...

In Defense of Japan's Pacifism - John Traphagan, The National Interest

Recently a Japanese government panel, headed by former Japanese ambassador to the United States Shunji Yanai, indicated that with some alterations to its current interpretation of ...

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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