As Trump Era Begins, Japan Looks To Mitigate Risks and Seize Opportunities

The Trump Era has officially begun with last week’s inauguration ceremony in Washington, DC. With the change of administration in Washington, there is deep geopolitical uncertainty around the globe as allies and rivals alike brace themselves for more of Trump’s acerbic and volatile rhetoric and seeing how this may—or may not—translate into policy shifts. The […]

Opinion: “Japan First” Is the Only Response to “America First”

The Trump Era is now officially underway.   Eight years ago, as many as 1.8 million supporters descended on Washington, DC, shouting “Yes, we can!” in support of the newly-elected African American president. The euphoric crowd filled the National Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol building. All I can remember of that day now, […]

Pete Hoekstra: “The United States and Japan will have to work together”

Pete Hoekstra is a former congressman who served as chair of the House Committee on Intelligence from 2004-2007 and now serves as an informal adviser to Donald Trump’s transition team. He recently sat down with Sankei Shimbun to discuss the president-elect’s foreign policy plans, including his policy toward Japan   On Japan   Q: How […]

How the Books a Hotel Leaves for its Guests Can Reignite an International Dispute

The Japanese APA Group, which runs the APA Hotel chain, is under heavy pressure after the hotel group placed books in its guest rooms questioning the Nanking Massacre and the forced conscription of comfort women. On January 17, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying responded, saying the book “again shows that some forces within Japan […]

The Opportunity that Trump May Offer Japan—If Japan Can Take It

In the beginning of the marathon race that is the U.S. presidential election, Donald Trump looked like froth on the water. But his radical choice of words and eccentric approach clearly made an impression on voters. The analyses on this election have been many and will continue for years, but I must admit that I, […]

Trump Is Plunging Cross-Strait Relations into Uncertainty – And That’s Exactly the Idea

President-elect Donald Trump sharply broke with past practice in December 2016 by accepting a congratulatory phone call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. He publicly questioned U.S. government support for the policy of “one China” including Taiwan, and he reacted promptly to Chinese criticisms with blunt public complaints about unfair Chinese economic policies and military expansion […]

Eagles, Bedrooms, and Bean Soup: The Abe-Duterte Summit

The Philippines was chosen as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s first foreign destination this year. This was already the third time in six months that the Prime Minister has met with President Rodrigo Duterte. This time, the closeness between the two leaders was particularly striking and Prime Minister Abe was warmly welcomed by Duterte as the […]

How a Statue Can Jeopardize International Diplomacy

On January 6th, the administration temporarily recalled Yasamusa Nagamine, its ambassador to South Korea, in response to the installation of a comfort woman statue in front of the Japanese Consulate General in Busan. This move is calculated to express to the international community Japan’s belief that Korea is not fulfilling its obligations under the agreement […]