Given, Trump is Appalling; Japan Should Help Shape US Policy on Asia

    Roughly four months into United States President Donald Trump’s government, the issues and challenges that confront it, in both domestic policy and foreign affairs, have become apparent.   On the domestic front, his attention-grabbing campaign pledges—such as limiting entry of Muslim immigrants into the country and building a wall along the Mexican border—have […]

Doklam Is Latest Target of China’s Policy of Redrawing Borders, Rewriting History

The tiny landlocked Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan in South Asia is the latest victim of China’s burgeoning revisionism. China’s aggression in Bhutan demonstrates the PRC’s preference for combining military intimidation and stealth economic infiltration in redrawing borders and rewriting history.   Chinese domestic politics, including pressure on the central government to craft a strong Chinese […]

Resilience in Disasters: Japan Offers the World Lessons From Experience

  Toshihiro Nikai, secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, addressed last July 20 the United Nations Third Special Thematic session on Water and Disasters. In his speech—“Adaptation to Climate Change, Boosting Financing and Investment, and Advancing Science and Technology—Nikai explained his lifework of “enhancing national resilience to disasters.” He offered to bring […]

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 […]