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East Asia's Era of Transition

George Friedman, Stratfor

Japan's Dearth of Fighter Jets

Zachary Keck, National Interest

Toilets in Lifts? A Curious Japanese Idea

Adam Taylor, Washington Post

Unleashing Japan's Military

Emily Chen, National Interest

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 ...(full article)

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...(full article)

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

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...(full article)

Looks like Abe means business when it comes to defense......(full article)

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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...

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...

Asian Companies Snap Up Italian Assets - A. Goldstein, East Asia Forum

When it comes to Asian companies investing abroad, Italy has traditionally been a rather neglected destination. Asian companies remained spooked by the weakness of the Italian inve...

Asia's Giants Strive for Closer Ties - Rowan Callick, The Australian

We're going through a purple patch for leaders in the big Asian countries....

We Need to Talk About Shinzo Abe - Kevin Rafferty, Japan Times

Recent statements by the government of Shinzo Abe raise disturbing questions about decision-making in Japan. How much room is there in Abe’s political view for questioning or...

The Emoji Journey from Japan to the White House - Matt Alt, New Yorker

Although “emoji” is usually and quite naturally pronounced in America like “e-mail” or “emotion,” which it resembles in English, the word is act...

U.S.-Japan: An Alliance Transformed - Jeffrey Hornung, The Diplomat

The new defense guidelines have the potential to mark a new era in the U.S-Japan alliance....

War, Repentance and Japan - Carol Giacomo, New York Times

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan carries a huge burden as his country marks the 70th anniversary of its defeat in World War II this year. He is clearly enthusiastic about chartin...

US-Japan Patrols in the South China Sea? - P. Parameswaran, The Diplomat

Over the past few weeks, media reports have suggested that Japan and the United States are considering having the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) and US military conduct joint pat...

Japan's PM Bets on Fading American Memories - David Graham, Atlantic

Will Congress approve a trade deal and get behind Japan's plans to beef up its military? It depends in part on a generational shift....

Japan Owes These Women an Apology - Washington Times

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who speaks to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, and the Japanese government have heard many demands for apologies for atrocities committed by Jap...

Prelude to a Japanese Revival - John Minnich, Stratfor

In Abe's visit to the United States and his efforts to deepen trade and defense cooperation with Washington, and more broadly in his struggle to resuscitate the Japanese economy an...

Japan Is a Hawk in Dove's Clothing - William Johnson, Reuters

Already, the widening scope of the Japanese military is changing the defense landscape in the region. Japan has negotiated agreements to cooperate with Vietnam and the Philippines ...

Japan's Massive Trade Opportunity - Paul Ryan, Washington Post

When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits the White House this week, President Obama should offer him a warm welcome — and a friendly challenge. Right now, the United St...

In Japan, a Big Opportunity for British Foreign Policy - Chatham House

Over the past three years, Japan’s government has prioritized the adoption of more assertive foreign and defence policies, with the aim of advancing its security interests an...

U.S.-Japan, the Unsinkable Pacific Alliance - David Pilling, Financial Times

The closeness between America and Japan, forged in the ashes of war, goes beyond the ideological...

Abe Should Give an Honest Comment on WWII - Japan Times

Twenty years ago, Murayama expressed his “heartfelt apology” to people in Asian countries over Japan’s “colonial rule and aggression” before and durin...

World War II Still Resonates in Asia - Philippe Le Corre, Brookings

All the controversy on the Russian celebration of the end of World War II has obscured the similarly problematic role of such events in Asia. Indeed, at a recent roundtable among t...

Improving Japan-South Korea Ties - Japan Times

As the 50th anniversary of the signing of the treaty that normalized ties between Japan and South Korea — June 22 — draws near, both countries should seize all opportun...

How Japanese Society Has Changed - Roger Pulvers, ABC Australia

The 1990s delivered the Japanese people a triple punch. The first was a punch to the belly in the form of a devastating economic downturn. Then a body blow on January 17, 1995 when...

Japan's Low Opinion of Americans - Kirk Spitzer, USA Today

TOKYO — Seventy years after they were mortal enemies, Americans have a high regard for the character of Japanese. But the Japanese view of Americans? Not so much, a survey ou...

Japan: Seeking Renewal in the Face of Decline - A. Oplas, The Diplomat

“People of Japan, be confident!” So said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a keynote speech to the Japanese parliament in February, an unusually emotional appeal for support of his ...

Japan Backs a Reckless Prime Minister - Asahi Shimbun

The essential features of an automobile are to run, to turn and to stop. A balance between the three factors is just as essential in politics. “What is sought in this Diet s...

Japanese Defense Minister Denies Alien Invasion - I. Tharoor, WP

During a budget session in the Diet, or Japan's parliament, the country's Defense Minister Gen Nakatani confirmed that aliens had never penetrated Japanese air space....

Japan's Newest Export: Deflation - William Pesek, Bloomberg View

In 2006, seven years before he became Bank of Japan governor, a testy Haruhiko Kuroda told me he thought China was raising its own living standards at the expense of its Asian neig...

Japan Has a Serious Demographic Problem - M. Ezrati, National Interest

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made headlines. Most credit him with bold policies to deal with Japan’s long-standing problems. This is misplaced. In truth, his p...

Okinawans Should Be Heard on U.S. Base - Japan Times

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...

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...

Immigration Can Put Japan's Economy on Top - G. Ramakrishnan, SCMP

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 ...

Why Immigration Won't Save Japan - Jonathan Last, Weekly Standard

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...

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 ...

Will Australia Buy Japanese Submarines? - Murray McLean, RCD

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...

Japan's Abe Ready to Push for Drastic Reform - Michael Auslin, AEIdeas

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

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...

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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