Behind Xi Jinping ‘Smiling Diplomacy’ Is a Strategy to Stop the Revision of Japan’s Constitution

  On his trip to Da Nang in central Vietnam, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the evening of November 11th, with both leaders vowing to further improve relations between their countries. The Prime Minister called for China to play a greater role in efforts to exert maximum pressure on North […]

Trump Rekindles the Hope of Abductees’ Return

  At a joint press conference on Monday, November 6th, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and United States President Donald Trump described the relationship between the two countries as something beyond an alliance, rather they called it a “bond.”   In part, this was forged during their meeting, just before the leaders faced the press, with the […]

Japan Mulls Over Leaving UNESCO Should ‘Comfort Women’ Material Be Registered

  The government of Japan will consider the possibility of withdrawing from the the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) should the latter accept questionable and contentious material on “comfort women” that various groups have jointly submitted for registration with the Memory of the World Programme.     Japan is taking inspiration from […]

A Woman’s View On Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Attraction to ‘Disastrous Women’

People are whispering about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his political femme fatales—women who cause great damage.   He touted “a society where women can shine,” and has proactively appointed women. Far from shining, however, the women in his Cabinet and among parliament members from his Liberal Democratic Party have been tripping up his government. […]

The Japanese Government Weighs in with the Supreme Court

The Japanese government has submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court expressing its opinion that the Supreme Court should hear the appeal asking that the statue memorializing Comfort Women be removed. This is an unprecedented step and it appears that the Japanese government determined that the successive establishment of “Comfort Memorials” necessitated that […]

43 Hours on the Road with Trump and Abe

On the night of February 13, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government jet returned to Japan from the United States after a whirlwind visit of over 43 hours that started with a bear-hug welcome from President Donald Trump and ended with a visit to the exclusive members-only Mar-a-Largo resort in Palm Beach, Florida. The two leaders […]

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 […]