A Japan that Can Say No (to Trump)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has wasted no time in trying to ingratiate himself to President Donald Trump. He should think long and hard about continuing to do so, because the end result may be that Japan becomes the enabler of a U.S. president who leads the alliance down a destructive path.   It’s understandable that […]

Editorial: Time for Trump to Rise to the Office

President Trump has adopted a strong nationalist stance and intends to prioritize American national interest over all else as he emphasized during his inaugural address when he said, “From this moment on, it’s going to be America first.”   While it is only natural that Trump should seek first to benefit his own country and […]

As Trump Era Begins, Japan Looks To Mitigate Risks and Seize Opportunities

The Trump Era has officially begun with last week’s inauguration ceremony in Washington, DC. With the change of administration in Washington, there is deep geopolitical uncertainty around the globe as allies and rivals alike brace themselves for more of Trump’s acerbic and volatile rhetoric and seeing how this may—or may not—translate into policy shifts. The […]

Opinion: “Japan First” Is the Only Response to “America First”

The Trump Era is now officially underway.   Eight years ago, as many as 1.8 million supporters descended on Washington, DC, shouting “Yes, we can!” in support of the newly-elected African American president. The euphoric crowd filled the National Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol building. All I can remember of that day now, […]

Pete Hoekstra: “The United States and Japan will have to work together”

Pete Hoekstra is a former congressman who served as chair of the House Committee on Intelligence from 2004-2007 and now serves as an informal adviser to Donald Trump’s transition team. He recently sat down with Sankei Shimbun to discuss the president-elect’s foreign policy plans, including his policy toward Japan   On Japan   Q: How […]

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, […]

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?   […]

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 […]

Opinion: 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.   […]

Abe & Trump: A Good Start, but Can it Last?

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in New York on the evening of Thursday, November 17 for talks lasting an hour and a half. It is a rare event for a Japanese prime minister to meet with a president-elect prior to inauguration – Prime Minister Abe was also the first head […]