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Seoul Sees Hopes for Thaw with Japan

Toru Higashioka, Asahi Shimbun

Japan, Asia Must Move on from the War

Frank Ching, Globe and Mail

Asia's Neverending Debate Over Japan

Rowan Callick, The Australian

South Korea, cautiously encouraged by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's war anniversary statement, is hinting it is ready for "sincere dialogue" between the two countries' leaders later ...(full article)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe failed to grasp the nettle when he delivered a much-touted address on the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender at the end of the Second World War. ...(full article)

The statement of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of the Second World War was the focus of profound anticipation throughout Asia. The pr...(full article)

To the resigned exasperation of the friends of Japan who were also its victims, who are friends of its neighbours, too, and who wish for the issue finally to fade from the front li...(full article)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a hash of his long-anticipated statement on Friday commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. He was vague where he needed to be...(full article)

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Russia Gains Nothing from Hard-Line on Islands - Asahi Shimbun

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited Etorofu, an island in the disputed Northern Territories off Hokkaido, on Aug. 22. Medvedev stated that Russia had no intention of mak...

Japan's Move to Restart a Reactor Is a Good Decision - Washington Post

The meltdown in 2011 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor terrified people in the densely packed nation of Japan, persuaded the government to close all reactors and turned publ...

Washington Risks Alienating Korea - Korea Times

As a pivot in the trilateral alliance with Korea and Japan, the U.S. was expected to take a neutral position on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's lack of unelaborated remorse ab...

Oral Tradition and the Bomb - Japan Times

One of the most intriguing and important stories surrounding the 70th anniversaries of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings connects to oral history. Japanese culture has lon...

Why You Should Listen to the Japanese Emperor - Y. Tatsumi, Diplomat

Emperor Akihito took over the throne when his father, Emperor Hirohito, passed away in 1989. Emperor Hirohito went through the experience of his position being transformed from tha...

Who Can Fix Japan-ROK Relations? - Kennedy & Mael Van Beek, EA Forum

What, then, should we expect on 15 August? South Koreans will be attentive to how Abe addresses the colonial era. Yet, as the political backlash to Abe’s new security bills &...

Japan Still Needs to Apologize - Bloomberg View

Japan's choice is not between looking backward or forward. A sincere restatement of remorse isn't just compatible with Abe's stated agenda of restoring pride and confidence to Japa...

Debating the Morality of Hiroshima - George Friedman, Stratfor

The debate is rarely about Hiroshima or about World War II. It is a debate about the moral character of the United States. This is not an illegitimate subject, and Hiroshima might ...

Japan's Gray-Haired Pacifism - Yoichi Funabashi, New York Times

It’s a hot summer in Japan. The public is outraged by a set of security bills proposing to overhaul the country’s postwar defense policy. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is s...

It's Time to Accept Japan's Apologies - Yuriko Koike, Project Syndicate

Despite these straightforward declarations of regret, some governments and citizens continue to demand more, giving the impression that nothing a Japanese leader says or does will ...

Japan Moves Away From Pacifism - Independent

For many years, Japanese nationalists have been trying to revise the country’s pacifist constitution, which limits its “Self-Defence Forces” to their eponymous fu...

Entering the Nuclear Age, Body by Body - Susan Southard, TomDispatch

Korean and Chinese workers, prisoners of war, and mobilized adults and students had returned to their work sites; some dug or repaired shelters, others piled sandbags against the w...

Remembering Hiroshima, Amidst Hell in Syria - Rami Khouri, Cairo Rev

Will Assad be allowed to step down and retire quietly somewhere? Or should he be held accountable for most of the hundreds of thousands of Syrians who have died in the war there? I...

The Radio Broadcast That Ended World War II - Allen & Polmar, Atlantic

In 1945, Emperor Hirohito overcame a military coup to announce Japan’s surrender. Which raises a question: Who decides when a war is over?...

What Is Japan's Nuclear Breakout Time? - Jonathan Hunt, Foreign Policy

The generation that survived Hiroshima is dying off. Will Japan’s resistance to nuclear weapons disappear with it?...

What It Was Like to Survive Hiroshima - Ishan Tharoor, Washington Post

"My forehead felt hot, and I unconsciously touched it with my hand," narrates Taketa. "When I looked at the sky over Hiroshima, I saw a tiny, glittering, white object, about the si...

The Story of the Nagasaki Bombing Mission - Bradbury & Blakeslee, BAS

Seventy years ago, on August 9, at approximately 3:47 a.m. local time on the island of Tinian, a massive B-29 Superfortress aircraft roared down a tropical airport runway, carrying...

Asia's New Geopolitics: Balancing China - Harsh Pant, The Diplomat

New configurations in Asian geopolitics are emerging thick and fast....

Japan Is Making a Play for Central Asia - Samuel Ramani, The Diplomat

With a surprisingly proactive policy, Japan is a significant player in the region....

Japan Dealing With Accounting Scandals - Noah Smith, Bloomberg View

More than a dozen years ago, the U.S. experienced a rash of high-profile accounting scandals. Now it’s Japan’s turn. Toshiba, one of the country’s largest technol...

How Japan's Prime Minister Hurts Himself - Asahi Shimbun

A Japanese idiom--making a Buddha statue and leaving out the soul--means plowing the field and forgetting the seeds....

Japan's Needless China Alarmism - Japan Times

By highlighting the threat posed by China, the government appears to be trying to use the white paper to drum up public support for the Abe administration’s controversial sec...

How Russia Tries to Intimidate Japan - Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat

Russia plans to massively invest in military and civilian infrastructure projects on the Kuril islands, TASS reports quoting Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev....

The Tragedy of Shinzo Abe - Christopher Hobson, Japan Times

Since returning to power, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been remarkably active in his attempts to strengthen Japan. Devoid of a serious opposition, and with limited dissent inside ...

What Europe Should Learn from Asia's Crisis - William Pesek, Bloomberg

Asian leaders could be excused a degree of exasperation over the ongoing Greek mess. China's slowdown and stock-market chaos are worry enough; the last thing the export-dependent r...

Japan's Arrogance of Power Moment - Nakano & Snow, Japan Times

By turning a blind eye on Abe’s arrogance of power moment, the U.S. risks not only aggravating the regional tension and rivalry in Asia-Pacific, but also antagonizing the Jap...

The Perils of 'Little Japan' - Yoichi Funabashi, Japan Times

Japan and Britain have responded in completely different ways to the China-led initiative to create the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which the United States has opt...

Realigning the Asia-Pacific - David Lang, The Australian

Australia is well positioned to seize upon the goodwill and personal rapport between prime ministers Tony Abbott, Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi, as the strategic, defence and securi...

The Politics of Apology in Japan - Jeff Kingston, Japan Times

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s handling of history issues during this 70th anniversary of Japan’s World War II defeat came under critical scrutiny at the recent Japanese...

China Is Following Japan's Bad Example - William Pesek, Bloomberg View

China, confronted today with plunging shares on the Beijing and Shanghai stock markets, has now organized an intervention that makes Tokyo's look downright lame. And that strategy ...

Reaganomics Can't Save Japan - William Pesek, Bloomberg View

Can Ronald Reagan save Japan from a debt crisis? We're about to find out as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bets the remaining years of his mandate on the former U.S. president's economi...

Addressing Concerns With China's AIIB - Japan Times

Japan, along with the United States, stayed out of the China-led initiative to create the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as delegates from 57 countries that signed up ...

Can Japan, South Korea Do the Impossible? - Snyder & Glosserman, TNI

In recent years, the two countries have permitted mutual grievances to overshadow shared interests, values and geography. It's time to change that....

Japan to Take on China in South China Sea - Wall Street Journal

China has notched another gain in its inadvertent campaign to expand defense cooperation among its nervous neighbors. In a Journal interview published Thursday, Japan’s top m...

It's Time to End Okinawan's Suffering - Japan Times

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the end of organized resistance by Japanese military forces in the Battle of Okinawa. It is all the more important for Japan to remember not onl...

Japan and South Korea Need to Move Forward - Japan Times

The relationship between Japan and South Korea seems hardly mature 50 years after the two countries normalized diplomatic relations. Along with troubled governmental ties that have...

Tokyo the World's Most Liveable City? - Japan Times

It’s not clear which side of Tokyo the survey is looking at. While the ranking is greatly deserved in many respects — surely it is a marvelous city and ranking No. 1 me...

East Asia's Era of Transition - George Friedman, Stratfor

When I began this series a month ago, I pointed out that the most significant feature of the global system currently is the ongoing destabilization of the Eurasian land mass, from ...

Japan's Dearth of Fighter Jets - Zachary Keck, National Interest

Japan could be facing a fighter jet shortage over the coming decade plus as it phases out some of its older aircraft. Last week Defense News reported that Japan will face a fighter...

Sex and Suffering in Japan's Floating World - Lisa Hix, Compass Cultura

The official recorded history of high-society prostitution and pleasure in Japan leaves much to the imagination, but a new exhibit at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum attempts to...

Toilets in Lifts? A Curious Japanese Idea - Adam Taylor, Washington Post

Japan's infrastructure ministry announced Tuesday that the country's elevators may soon have a surprising new feature, the Kyodo news agency reports: Toilets....

Washington's Diplomatic Juggling Act in Asia - David Ignatius, WaPo

As Obama prepares to welcome Park, you can think of U.S. Asia policy as a juggler’s trick of keeping three spinning plates aloft. The United States succeeds if it can sustain...

Unleashing Japan's Military - Emily Chen, National Interest

Looks like Abe means business when it comes to defense......

Japan's Aquariums Need to Evolve - Japan Times

The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums has voted to remain a member of the World Associations of Zoos and Aquariums, responding to a move by WAZA a month earlier to suspend...

Washington Flirts With Disaster in East Asia - Ted Galen Carpenter, TNI

Now is the time for flexible, creative diplomacy focused on protecting America’s core maritime interests, not the territorial ambitions of favored East Asian countries. It m...

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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