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 […]

Japan's national flag is seen in front of containers and cranes at an industrial port in Tokyo, Japan, January 25, 2017.  REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

There Will Be Nothing Easy about a U.S.-Japan Free Trade Agreement

Now that Donald Trump has followed through on his campaign promise to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), hopes for trade liberalization between the United States and Japan have shifted to a potential bilateral free-trade agreement. Bilateral FTAs are the preferred vehicle for Trump’s new economic team because it is easier for each […]

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Editorial: Trump’s Trade Policies Will Make America Poorer

We cannot help but be disappointed by the seemingly inflexible stance of the Trump administration, which fails to understand the significance of free trade and which insists on viewing trading partners as enemies. President Trump’s view that the United States has been sacrificing American industry and enriching the industries of other countries for decades is […]

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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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Targeted Elections: What the U.S. Election Teaches Us about Disinformation Campaigns

A November 8, 2016, a chill went through the democratic world. A combination of disinformation, propaganda, and targeted leaks narrowly elevated Donald Trump to president of the United States. But it immediately became clear that the forces assisting him in his victory were not only powerful, but also intent on taking down the Western liberal […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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How the Books a Hotel Leaves for its Guests Can Reignite an International Dispute

The Japanese APA Group, which runs the APA Hotel chain, is under heavy pressure after the hotel group placed books in its guest rooms questioning the Nanking Massacre and the forced conscription of comfort women. On January 17, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying responded, saying the book “again shows that some forces within Japan […]