The Osprey’s Water Landing and the Okinawa Prefecture Government’s Misplaced Agenda

Late on the evening of December 13, I received word from a highly reliable source that an MV-22 Osprey, later identified as belonging to the medium tiltrotor squadron VMM-265 stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, had gone down off the eastern coast of Okinawa Prefecture earlier at approximately 9:30 p.m. He mentioned the crash […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]