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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...(full article)

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...(full article)

“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 ...(full article)

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...(full article)

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....(full article)

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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...

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...

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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