China’s Artificial Islands ‘Not Territories’ — Former Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou

  In an exclusive interview with Sankei Shimbun Newspaper in Taipei on July 13th, former Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou criticized the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (Hague, Netherlands) regarding the South China Sea territorial dispute.   He cited reasons, such as the non-recognition of Taiwan as a party involved in the conflict. “The […]

Japanese Peacekeepers Come Home From A Grateful South Sudan

  Around 40 soldiers from Unit 11 of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF), who participated in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan, have returned home to Japan.   This brings an end to almost five years of Japan’s involvement in peace-keeping operations (PKO), beginning with the November 2011 dispatch of command division […]

Editorial: No, Mr Moon, This Is Not the Time or Place to Start Lashing Out at Japan

  In an interview with American media, Korean President Moon Jae-in rehashed the comfort women issue and repeated his criticism of Japan. We find this absolutely unacceptable.   In his interview with Reuters, Moon stated that Japan is not “making its best effort” with regards to historical issues, including that of comfort women. We would […]

Amid China’s Expansionism, Japan and India Have Obligation to Restore Balance of Power in Asia

  As the G20 Summit 2017—scheduled for this week in Hamburg, Germany—closes in, China is pitching for consensus on the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The focus will be on helping developing countries, especially the African nations, to boost sustainable economic growth, investment, and stability.   China’s policy of injecting […]

Forget Current Sanctions, Cut Off North Korea’s Oil Supply

  In the light of the summit between United States Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in—where the international community awaits whether the two leaders can reconcile their starkly different approaches to North Korea’s nuclear development, JAPAN Forward is republishing this piece by Larry Niksch, who teaches East Asian Security at George Washington University.  […]

North Korean Abductions: Otto Warmbier is This Generation’s Megumi Yokota

  The recent news of Otto Warmbier’s death has shocked the United States and the rest of the world—except for Japan. Sadly, Japan has long understood, from firsthand experience, the brutality of North Korea.   Forty years ago, North Korean agents, under the direct leadership of then-Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il, fanned out across the Sea […]