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New Images Show Attack that Killed Kim Jong-nam Took Only Two Seconds

Main image courtesy of Fuji TV   On the evening of Sunday, February 19, the Fuji TV program “Mr. Sunday” broadcasted images captured on a security camera before and after Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of Kim Jong-un, the chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, was assassinated by two women.   The incident occurred in […]

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe arrive ahead of his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., February 9, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

43 Hours on the Road with Trump and Abe

On the night of February 13, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government jet returned to Japan from the United States after a whirlwind visit of over 43 hours that started with a bear-hug welcome from President Donald Trump and ended with a visit to the exclusive members-only Mar-a-Largo resort in Palm Beach, Florida. The two leaders […]

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Editorial: North Korea’s Missile Launch and its Test for Regional Cooperation

Just as the leaders of Japan and the United States were meeting to reaffirm their alliance, North Korea launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump then held an impromptu press conference where they strongly condemned the launch and confirmed that their two countries would […]

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Abe and Trump: A Good Start, but a Long Road Ahead

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s summit and golf outing with Donald Trump on February 10 and 11 could not have realistically gone much better. Expectations were admittedly low, but for good reason—Trump’s early relations with U.S. allies have gone poorly, like when he hung up early on the Australian prime minister after berating him about the […]

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Building a Relationship with Trump is Abe’s Only Strategic Option

For the past 70 years, the only strand of diplomacy and foreign relations that has really, really mattered for Japanese governments has been the management and preservation of the country’s alliance with the United States. While other relationships—such as those with China, South Korea, partners with ASEAN, and most recently, Russia—have come in and out […]

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Speak Loudly and Carry a Big Stick: Trump’s Asia Diplomacy and its Test for Japan

This will be Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s second meeting with President Donald J. Trump. Abe’s strategy is the correct one: he wants to build a familiarity with Trump through regular meetings, strengthening Japan-U.S. ties by engaging in direct diplomacy with the president himself. In the Trump administration, it will be the president who does all […]

FILE PHOTO: A TV monitor showing U.S. President Donald Trump is seen through national flags of the U.S. and Japan at a foreign exchange trading company in Tokyo, Japan February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

Opinion: Don’t Panic – Three Rules for Dealing with Trump

The administration of US President Donald J. Trump is now upon us. My initial impressions are below:   Don’t assume Trump is acting alone   First, even though President Trump got to the White House by criticizing career politicians and establishment bureaucrats and by portraying himself as an apolitical outsider, he himself became an establishment […]

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Trump’s Grand Strategy and What it Means for Asia

The Trump administration has been criticized for lacking a grand strategy. Instead of having a coherent long-term plan toward which all foreign policy will be oriented, it has been suggested that the new president will be guided by personal instinct and will pursue disconnected, short-term goals. Strategic thinking is therefore expected to give way to […]

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Leon Panetta: “The only predictable thing about the Trump administration is that it will be unpredictable”

Sankei Shimbun’s Kazuyuki Sakamoto recently interviewed former secretary of defense Leon Panetta over email to learn his thoughts about the world’s most significant threats to international security, the prospects for the new Trump administration, and more. An abridged transcript of their discussion is below:   Q: What would you say are the most critical potential […]