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The Okinawa Defense Bureau last week resumed offshore seabed drilling for a geological survey off the Henoko district in Nago in Okinawa Island — a preparatory step for recla...(full article)

Japan has been fighting the 3D war (debt, deflation and demographics) for 20 years, with no meaningful economic growth to speak of. Real gross domestic product growth rates during ...(full article)

Over at Reason, Pete Suderman has a great piece about how Japan is looking to robots to help care for its geriatric citizens. It’s funny and creepy and you should totally read it...(full article)

On February 20, Defense Minister Kevin Andrews outlined for the first time details of the acquisition strategy for Australia's future submarine program. An authoritative press...(full article)

Since unveiling his economic reform plan, dubbed “Abenomics,” after returning to office two years ago, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (pronounced “ah-bay&rdqu...(full article)

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Learning from a Sunken Battleship - Japan Times

The discovery of the sunken battleship Musashi — the Imperial Japanese Navy’s biggest warship — by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen last week should serve as an op...

A Risky Expansion of Japanese Military Scope - Japan Times

The Abe administration is pushing to substantially expand the scope of Self-Defense Forces’ overseas missions in talks with ruling coalition parties on a package of security ...

Amending Japan's Constitution - Asahi Shimbun

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is starting to take serious political steps toward putting a constitutional amendment before voters in the near future....

Thai General Seeks Japan's Blessing - P. Chachavalpongpun, Japan Times

While in Tokyo, Prayuth will ink a deal with the Japanese government on a high-speed train project that involves the building of rail tracks connecting Bangkok with Myanmar and Cam...

What Cuba Has Cost the World - Carlos Alberto Montaner, RealClearWorld

Cuban leader Raul Castro has presented to U.S. President Barack Obama a set of conditions to re-establish diplomatic relations. Among those conditions, Castro demands compensation ...

A Stronger Japan Should Stop Revisiting WWII - Bloomberg View

Watching Islamic State militants behead two Japanese hostages in quick succession has reinforced Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's conviction that Japan needs to revise its pacifist post...

Denying the Islamic State What It Most Wants - Fareed Zakaria, WaPo

Once again, an Islamic State killing leads to fears that it is winning and calls to do more. Fox News’s Bret Baier captured the mood when he said of the latest video: “...

Revenge only Feeds the Cycle of Violence - Asahi Shimbun

Japan’s sorrow and Jordan’s anger are similar to the daily anguish suffered by those living in Islamic State-controlled areas. This harrowing incident should lead Japa...

Japan Hamstrung by History - Simon Partner, Globe and Mail

The killing of two of its citizens in the space of a week has highlighted Japan’s inability to respond independently in the global “war against terror.” While the...

ISIS Is just a Death Cult with an Army - George Packer, New Yorker

The Islamic State doesn’t behave according to recognizable cost-benefit analyses. It doesn’t cut its losses or scale down its ambitions. The very name of the self-procl...

ISIS Can't Be Bargained With - Telegraph

A man knelt in the desert, a masked thug with a British accent harangued the camera, an act of savagery was committed – and another family grieved. Such was the wearily famil...

Japan's Nationalists Harm their Country's Image - Korea Times

What concerns Japan's neighbors even more is the likelihood that further historical facts will be denied in the months ahead, because Prime Minister Abe's government may delete som...

Japan-South Korea Relations Must Improve - Brahma Chellaney, JT

Political relationships in East Asia remain hostage to history, with historical distortions and a failure to come to terms with history weighing down ties even between America&rsqu...

Jordan's Offer Emboldens Terrorists - Con Coughlin, Telegraph

The dramatic offer by the Jordanian authorities to hand over a convicted female suicide bomber to Islamic State (Isil) in return for one of their captured pilots is a deeply disapp...

An Unforgivable Act by ISIS - Japan Times

The new development in the hostage crisis, which came more than a day after the 72-hour deadline for the group’s initial ransom demand passed, does not make a solution any ea...

International Solidarity Needed Against Terror - Asahi Shimbun

The act can only be described as vicious. The Islamic State extremist group in the Middle East has posted a new online video combining images and audio, which purportedly shows Ja...

A Wake Up Call for Japan - Japan Times

The safety of the two Japanese men held hostage by the Islamic State group remained unknown after the 72-hour deadline set by the group for the Japanese government to pay $200 mill...

The Need for Transatlantic Engagement with Japan - J. Walker, GMF

BRUSSELS - U.S. primacy in the post-war international order benefited from the strong support of allies in Asia and Europe. Alliances such as NATO and U.S.-Japan alliance have been...

Will Artificial Intelligence Disrupt Geopolitics? - Adam Elkus, Slate

Technologies from the railroad to the nuclear bomb have had powerful impacts on the international system and have helped create ideas about how states project power and authority w...

Abe Has Limited Options in Hostage Crisis - Kirk Spitzer, Time

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to do all he can to secure the safe release of two Japanese citizens facing death threats at the hands of Islamist extremists in Syria. But ex...

ISIS Provokes Pacifist Japan - Jake Adelstein, The Daily Beast

Last week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged $200 million in non-military assistance to support countries affected by the campaign against ISIS during an ongoing six-day Middle ...

Asia's Race into Space - James Clay Moltz, Daily Beast

While NASA and the European Space Agency gets most of the world’s attention, China, Japan and India are racing for the heavens....

Solving Tokyo and Beijing's Island Dispute - M. O'Hanlon, National Interest

Within the pages of the National Interest, I have had the privilege of being part of a recent discussion about the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea with Robert Manning ...

Japan's Fiscal Health Demands Immediate Reform - Japan Times

The draft government budget for fiscal 2015, compiled this week by the Abe administration, paints a positive picture of increased tax revenue through economic growth taming the ris...

Strongarming Okinawa on U.S. Base - Japan Times

In the November election, Onaga defeated his predecessor Hirokazu Nakaima, who in December 2013 gave the go-ahead for a reclamation work off the coast of Nago to build the Futenma ...

China Makes a Move in the Resource Wars - Daniel McGroarty, RCWorld

Washington displays a troubling lack of interest over the intensifying tug-of-war for access to strategic resources....

Japan Shouldn't Duck War Responsibility - Japan Times

The jitters over what Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would say in his statement this summer to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of Japan’s last war illustrate how the way the ...

A Critical Year for Japan's Diplomacy - Nakajima & Teraguchi, China Post

Important diplomatic issues for Japan today include improving ties with China and South Korea and strengthening its alliance with the United States....

Japanese Revisionism or Korean Obstinacy? - James Auer, RealClearWorld

Bitterness in Korea over the terms of the 1965 arrangements grew stronger in the early 1990s. In 1992 a major Japanese newspaper, the Asahi Shimbun, began publishing a series of se...

Ranking the 7 Great Global Powers - Walter Russell Mead, American Interest

To kick off 2015, we present our take on who the real “G-7″ countries are: the world’s seven great powers, ranked by their ability to shape both their immediate environments ...

The Top 5 Events of 2014 - George Friedman, Stratfor

The dire predictions for the U.S. economy that were floated in the wake of the 2008 crisis have not materialized. There has been neither hyperinflation nor deflation. The economy d...

Overcoming the Past in Favour of Mutual Security - JoongAng Daily

The three-way security pact will bring more accurate information on North Korean nuclear and missile dangers. South Korea now has access to Japan’s intelligence through their...

The Issue of "Comfort Women" Needs to Be Solved - Asahi Shimbun

One emotionally charged issue rooted in history continues to weigh heavily upon the relationship between Japan and South Korea....

Who Decides on Restarting Japan's Reactors? - Japan Times

The Abe administration is pushing to restart idled nuclear power plants that have cleared safety screening by the Nuclear Regulation Authority, pending the consent of local municip...

Japan Needs to Refresh Its Nuclear Policy - Asahi Shimbun

For nearly seven decades since the end of World War II, survivors of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have been calling for a world without nuclear weapons. But t...

Real Reason for Japan Decline? Baby Bust - Joel Kotkin, New Geography

Much has been made of Japan’s latest relapse into recession. For the most part, economists have focused on the efficacy of the once much-ballyhooed “Abenomics,” the stimulus ...

Japan's Electoral System Needs Fixing - Japan Times

The Diet should not wait for court decisions on the lawsuits but instead take action on its own to overhaul the electoral system. For that, lawmakers involved in the reforms must r...

Breaking Down Japan's Election - Brad Glosserman, National Interest

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) have their election victory. As forecast, they crushed the opposition in Sunday's vote and consolidated th...

Abe's Re-Election Was no Ringing Endorsement - Guardian

Japanese voters gave the Liberal Democrats a big majority but with little enthusiasm....

Japan's Premier Gets Another Shot - Volker Stanzel, ECFR

Abe was almost disgraced during his first term in office in 2006–2007, but in December 2012, he came back with a vengeance....

Japan's Nasty Nazi-ish Elections - Jake Adelstein, Daily Beast

Japan will hold elections on December 14. That’s for sure. The question is why? And what’s behind them? And, take note, these are not questions that people in Japan are...

Japan's Law on State Secrecy Sparks Worries - Japan Times

The Abe administration has explained that Japan needs the law to tighten control of government secrets for it to be able to exchange sensitive information with the United States an...

End the Cycle of Distrust in East Asia - Asahi Shimbun

Abe’s controversial remarks, such as “there is no established definition of invasion,” and his visit to Yasukuni Shrine have aroused international suspicions, lea...

Where is the Yen Headed? - William Pesek, Japan Times

Nearly two decades after America rolled out its strong-dollar mantra, Japan seems to have adopted the opposite chant. Finance Minister Taro Aso reminded reporters Tuesday about the...

China Attacks Another Fishing Boat - Gary Sands, FP Blogs Network

Perhaps Xi’s message of conciliation, or remaining “unshakeable in its resolve to pursue peaceful development” and his statement, “Neither turbulence nor wa...

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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