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Lee Teng-hui: Japan “Must make constitutional reform a reality”

In an exclusive interview with the Sankei Shimbun, former Taiwanese president Lee Teng-hui expressed his opinion that Japan would have a bigger role to play in the Asia-Pacific region after Republican candidate Donald Trump’s victory in the United States presidential election. Responding to Trump’s victory, he said, “We hear that Trump is an isolationist. If […]

In January 2012, at a presidential election rally on the outskirts of Taipei, former president Lee Teng-hui (right) embraces the current Democratic Progressive Party chairperson, Tsai Ing-wen. (Reuters)

Lee Teng-hui: “I had high hopes for Tsai Ing-wen”

In an exclusive interview with Sankei Shimbun, former president of Taiwan Lee Teng-hui offered his thoughts on Donald Trump’s election, how Japan and Taiwan should respond to Trump’s upcoming presidency, and his evaluation of President Tsai Ing-wen’s administration to this point. Lee became president in 1988 following the death of President Chiang Ching-kuo and held […]

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Putin is to travel to Japan later this month to meet the Japanese prime minister and discuss a territorial dispute over the southern Kuril islands which keeps the two countries from signing a peace treaty formally ending their World War II hostilities. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, pool)

The Hot Spring Summit, Part 1: The Treacherous Ground of Territorial Negotiations

This is the first in a two-part series: On December 15, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will welcome Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Otanisanso onsen (hot spring) resort in Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture, for a face-to-face meeting. The Northern Territories, comprising the islands of Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan, and the Habomai islands, are integral parts of Japan. […]

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The Hot Spring Summit, Part 2: “I Will Not Leave this to the Next Generation”

This is the second in a two-part series. You can read part one here On January 19, 1960, four years after the Japan-Soviet Joint Declaration, Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi was visiting the White House and signed an amended version of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty, strengthening the U.S.-Japan alliance and putting the relationship between the two […]

2016 AP YEAR END PHOTOS - A couple kisses in front of graffiti depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, on the walls of a bar in the old town in Vilnius, Lithuania, on May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis, File)

There’s Plenty of Reason to Be Afraid of President Trump

Donald Trump has the potential to represent a complete break with U.S. foreign policy since the end of World War II (and many other things), not least regarding the U.S. relationship with Japan. In abstract, such a break could be useful or even welcome—there are many aspects of the alliance that deserve reevaluation, including the […]

2016 AP YEAR END PHOTOS - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump turns to the American flag at a campaign rally in Sterling Heights, Mich., on Nov. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Editorial: Who’s Afraid of President Trump?

At long last, the day of surprise has arrived.   The combined xenophobic and anti-globalist surge that began with the large-scale influx of Syrian refugees and proceeded to sweep across Europe eventually led the United Kingdom to decide to leave the European Union. Now, it has scored a direct hit on the American establishment.   […]

A worker adjusts the U.S. flag before Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses media following a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 17, 2016.  REUTERS/Andrew Kelly      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Abe and Trump Get Acquainted: A Read-out of their First Phone Call

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called Donald Trump, the Republican winner of the U.S. presidential election, the day after his victory, at which time they agreed to meet in New York as Prime Minister Abe traveled to Lima, Peru for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. This was the first time a prime minister has met […]