U.S. President-elect Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to the media as he arrives at a costume party at the home of hedge fund billionaire and campaign donor Robert Mercer in Head of the Harbor, New York, U.S., December 3, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich/File Photo

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, […]

People take pictures with mobile phones of a sculpture of a rooster that local media say bears resemblance to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, outside a shopping mall in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China December 30, 2016. REUTERS/Jon Woo

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 […]

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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 […]


Editorial: Korea’s Stance on the Comfort Women Statues Is Self-Defeating

Last week, the Abe administration announced its response to the installation of a “comfort woman” statue in front of the Japanese Consulate General in Busan, Korea by recalling the ambassador to Korea and suspending negotiations on currency swaps.   It was a late, but unavoidable, response. These statues are both in violation of the agreement […]


The Osprey’s Water Landing and the Okinawa Prefecture Government’s Misplaced Agenda

Late on the evening of December 13, I received word from a highly reliable source that an MV-22 Osprey, later identified as belonging to the medium tiltrotor squadron VMM-265 stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, had gone down off the eastern coast of Okinawa Prefecture earlier at approximately 9:30 p.m. He mentioned the crash […]


US-Japan Reconciliation is A Powerful Message to States in East Asia Where History Lies Deep

Earlier this week, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe touched down in Honolulu to conduct his final meeting with US President Barack Obama on the incumbent’s home turf. Abe’s visit was more than a pure courtesy to Obama, with whom he has experienced a productive and cordial, if not warm, relationship with over the past four […]


Obama calls Abe’s Visit to Pearl Harbor is a “Historic Gesture” that Shows the Power of Reconciliation

U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s address at Pearl Harbor;   Prime Minister Abe, on behalf of the American people, thank you for your gracious words.  Thank you for your presence here today, a historic gesture that speaks to the power of reconciliation and the alliance between the American and […]


The Power of Reconciliation made the Japan-U.S. alliance “An Alliance of Hope”, says Abe

The Power of Reconciliation Address by Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan December 27, 2016, Pearl Harbor   President Obama, Commander Harris, ladies and gentlemen, and all American citizens, I stand here at Pearl Harbor as the prime minister of Japan. If we listen closely we can make out the sound of restless waves, breaking […]