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 […]


Editorial: Trump’s Bullying of Toyota Is an Ominous Sign

President-elect Donald Trump has been rallying against American corporations that dare to move their production facilities overseas, and now he’s directing his rants against Toyota and its plans to build a new plant in Mexico.   What distinguishes this kind of tactic from the selective economic policies that he criticizes China for so vehemently?   […]


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 […]

Kunashir Island, one of the four islands disputed by Japan and Russia

Maps: What are the Northern Territories?

The Northern Territories (part of an island chain called the Kuril Islands in Russian) are a set of four islands off the northeastern coast of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost prefecture. Originally inhabited by the indigenous Ainu, they were later used by Japanese, Russians, and Americans as bases for fishing and whaling. Japanese administration over the four […]