February 28, 2014

Japan's Strange Narcissism

Jiro Yamaguchi, Japan Times

The Associated Press

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-respect and self-criticism, we need to develop the composure to look back on the achievements as well as the failures of modern Japan.

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February 20, 2014
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 the Japanese Constitution, the government ought... more ››
February 21, 2014
S. Korea-Japan Tensions in Small Town USA
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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 marked one of the most successful efforts in a... more ››
February 24, 2014
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 citizen. The argument is not without merit. For 68... more ››
February 27, 2014
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 disrupt the international system. But it needs to... more ››
February 20, 2014
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 prime minister is now advocating. No sooner was... more ››