Message from Beijing: Powerful Communist-led Army Strengthening Its Power in Asia

  China’s leaders sent two clear messages from this month’s National People’s Congress in Beijing.   The first was that President Xi Jinping is centralizing power based on an uncompromising Communist ideology by which the party leads everything. The other is that Mr. Xi wants to build up China’s military, maintaining its position as the […]

How Beijing’s Push for China-Centric Asia Impacts the Indo-Pacific

    The latest China Security Report published by Japan’s National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) in February aims to analyze China’s military and security affairs from a mid- to long-term perspective. It assesses the development of China’s foreign and security policy towards the United States and vice versa, and the overall China-US relationship in East Asia. […]

Trump Announces Meeting With Kim Jong-Un: What Will Happen Next?

  United States President Donald Trump announced on Thursday, March 8 (Friday, March 9, in Japan) that he would be meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un amid rising tension over North Korea’s aggressive nuclear buildup.   “Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze. Also, no missile testing […]

Northeast India: Where India’s ‘Act-East’ Meets Japan’s ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific’

  India’s Republic Day celebrations, earlier in January this year, were attended by the heads of state of all 10 ASEAN nations in an unmistakable sign of the growing bonhomie between the two sides.   The ASEAN region has taken a place of pride in India’s Act-East Policy, which aims at New Delhi’s re-engagement with […]

Is North Korea Next to Unleash AI Hackings After Russia and China?

  On February 13, cyber security experts from the United States determined that China and Russia were acquiring artificial intelligence (AI) technology to coordinate mass cyber attacks. The use of AI saves labor and increases the effectiveness of hacking as it automatically learns attack methods and develops techniques rapidly, making broad-scale attacks easier.   There […]

It’s Time to Ask the Question: Why Should the U.S. Defend Japan?

  President Donal Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Defense Secretary James Mattis have all visited Tokyo to reassure Japan of America’s support as China and North Korea turn up the pressure.   Officials of both nations claim to be in lockstep—continuing the tradition of U.S. officials describing the U.S.-Japan relationship as “the most important […]

Ambassador Kato: What’s At Stake in Allowing Japan a Nuclear Arsenal?

  The continued nuclear and long-range missile threats from North Korea present a good opportunity to think about how Japan should protect itself. Ryozo Kato, veteran diplomat and former Japanese ambassador to the United States, offers his viewpoint.     Discussion of North Korean nuclear capabilities are generally centered on nuclear warheads and intercontinental ballistic […]

Interview: Trump Campaign’s National Security Advisor Joseph E. Schmitz

  On January 16, the Sankei Shimbun’s Washington bureau chief, Yoshinari Kurose interviewed American lawyer and national security expert Joseph E. Schmitz, one of Donald Trump’s five original foreign policy advisors during United States Presidential campaign. He reviews Trump’s first year in office and discusses the new National Security Policy released just last December. Here […]

The Dangers of Entering Into ‘Dialogue-Mode’ Over North Korea

North Korean beauties have arrived at the PyeongChang Olympic venue on February 7.   Will the situation play out as thought by North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un? Whether it follows predictions or not, the Moon Jae-in administration is set to welcome North Korea’s participation during the PyeongChang Olympic Games with open arms, despite domestic opposition and concerns […]

Where Japan Stands in US-Korean Talks: An Interview with Heritage Foundation Experts

North Korean Mangyongbong-92 carrying a 140-strong orchestra approaches to a port in Donghae, South Korea, February 6, 2018.   REUTERS   On February 5, the Sankei Shimbun and JAPAN Forward interviewed two representatives of The Heritage Foundation, a respected Washington DC-based conservative think tank, while they visited Tokyo. Terry Miller is the foundation’s director, Center for […]