Trump Announces Meeting With Kim Jong-Un: What Will Happen Next?

  United States President Donald Trump announced on Thursday, March 8 (Friday, March 9, in Japan) that he would be meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un amid rising tension over North Korea’s aggressive nuclear buildup.   “Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze. Also, no missile testing […]

It’s Time to Ask the Question: Why Should the U.S. Defend Japan?

  President Donal Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Defense Secretary James Mattis have all visited Tokyo to reassure Japan of America’s support as China and North Korea turn up the pressure.   Officials of both nations claim to be in lockstep—continuing the tradition of U.S. officials describing the U.S.-Japan relationship as “the most important […]

Ambassador Kato: What’s At Stake in Allowing Japan a Nuclear Arsenal?

  The continued nuclear and long-range missile threats from North Korea present a good opportunity to think about how Japan should protect itself. Ryozo Kato, veteran diplomat and former Japanese ambassador to the United States, offers his viewpoint.     Discussion of North Korean nuclear capabilities are generally centered on nuclear warheads and intercontinental ballistic […]

The Dangers of Entering Into ‘Dialogue-Mode’ Over North Korea

North Korean beauties have arrived at the PyeongChang Olympic venue on February 7.   Will the situation play out as thought by North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un? Whether it follows predictions or not, the Moon Jae-in administration is set to welcome North Korea’s participation during the PyeongChang Olympic Games with open arms, despite domestic opposition and concerns […]

Where Japan Stands in US-Korean Talks: An Interview with Heritage Foundation Experts

North Korean Mangyongbong-92 carrying a 140-strong orchestra approaches to a port in Donghae, South Korea, February 6, 2018.   REUTERS   On February 5, the Sankei Shimbun and JAPAN Forward interviewed two representatives of The Heritage Foundation, a respected Washington DC-based conservative think tank, while they visited Tokyo. Terry Miller is the foundation’s director, Center for […]

After Trump’s Asia Trip, A Need for Ambitious Regional Strategy

  Douglas H. Paal, Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, spoke with the Sankei Shimbun’s Washington correspondent Hiroyuki Kano. As a former White House Asia specialist, Paal emphasized the need for an ambitious regional strategy after President Donald Trump’s Asia trip in November 2017.       How do you […]

3 Operations Will Be At Play in US Offensive vs North Korea — Experts

  (Conclusion)   Part 1: Do We Understand War? Japanese Experts Discuss the Realities of Confronting North Korea   Part 2: To Take Down North Korea, Think 2,000 Cruise Missiles   We conclude our 3-part series based on a panel discussion with two top-ranking members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces and journalists from the Sankei […]

Do We Understand War? Japanese Experts Discuss the Realities of Confronting North Korea

  (First of three parts)   Pundits worldwide have made a cottage industry out of speculating on the situation in North Korea. These factors combine to make guessing Pyongyang’s next move a virtually endless exercise: the occluded nature of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), its track record of brutality and unpredictability, and the […]

Japan Needs Constitution Change to Have Capabilities to Strike Enemy Bases

Japan’s post-war Constitution   North Korea is acting as if to wake a long-time sleeping lion in Asia—that is, Japan. Pyongyang has rapidly been magnifying its missile and nuclear threat, firing 20 ballistic missiles and conducting one nuclear test this year alone.   Right-wing politicians in Tokyo are claiming Pyongyang is virtually declaring war against […]