Leaving Europe, UK is Now Bound for Asia

  When British Prime Minister Teresa May visited Japan last August, she and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera had an exchange about their countries’ “long history of cooperation in the defense and security sector.”   The Anglo-Japanese Alliance was established in 1902. Given Japan’s lack of ship building expertise at the time, it had many […]

Testing the United States: China and the Senkakus

  Despite the brief hiatus in tensions between Japan and China over the Senkakus—islands historically owned and administered by Japan but in recent decades claimed by China—the issue is flaring up again. Two Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) ships, including a submarine, entered the contiguous waters next to the islands and another island group in […]

Editorial: Japan Should Not Ignore China’s Real Intent at Senkaku

  Refusing to hide its ambition to take the Japanese sovereign territory of the Senkaku Islands (Okinawa Prefecture), China was not content with just sending Chinese Coast Guard vessels into the waters off Senkaku, so it also sent Chinese Navy vessels on January 10th to 11th, 2018.       The Japan Self-Defense Forces observed […]

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 […]

Yuan Diplomacy: Panama Cuts Ties with Taiwan in Favor of the Mainland

People celebrate Christmas in Panama   Panama has received munificent rewards from Beijing for its decision to formally cut all diplomatic relations with Taiwan in favor of the Mainland. The joint statement of the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Panama occurred in Beijing on November 17th and was unusually cryptic, symbolizing the […]

Japanese Suppliers Export to Pyongyang Amid Trade Sanctions 

  Last December 14th, Japanese law enforcers arrested three men in Shibata City, Niigata Prefecture, including Yuzuru Yachida, 47, the CEO of M-Create Inc., an environmental installation company. The charges: violations of the foreign exchange law violations—specifically, exporting without a license. They are suspected of involvement in the illegal export of foodstuffs to North Korea. […]

Steve Bannon: North Korea is ‘China’s Responsibility’

Former White House Chief Strategist and current Executive Chairman of Breitbart News, Steve Bannon, spoke with members of the press—including staff writers of Sankei Shimbun—during the  Japanese Conservative Political Action Conference (JCPAC) held December 16-17 in Tokyo, Japan. Bannon contends the so-called “pivot towards Asia,” begun during the Obama administration, is now becoming a reality […]

Nuclear Arsenal for Deterrence: JCPAC Highlights Japan’s Growing Security Challenges

Many expected North Korea to conduct yet another missile test last December 17, the sixth anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death. Such tests have, rather worryingly, become something of a regular occurrence for Japan, with a North Korean intermediate-range missile passing over Hokkaido in August and September.   Although no such test happened, the United […]