In Reviewing US China Policy, Consider Taiwan

  As United States President Donald Trump prepares for his first trip to China in November, senior US officials actively consult with Chinese counterparts and reportedly review important aspects of US China policy. Taiwan, which was mooted early in the administration without follow-through, is long overdue for a policy review; Taiwan should figure prominently in […]

Hear This: Royal Australian Navy Has A Role in Ballistic Missile Defense

  The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) commissioned the guided-missile destroyer HMAS Hobart in 2015. The Hobart is equipped with the Aegis combat system, incorporating the state-of-the-art AN/SPY 1D(V) phased-array radar.   Australia plans to acquire a total of three Aegis-equipped ships for fleet air defense. Considering the security environment in the Asia-Pacific region, however, Australia […]

Before Japan Gets Deeply Involved in Korean Emergency, Consider Facts

The drill of possible missile attack by North Korea at Akita prefecture, North of Japan     Just recently the Emperor and Empress visited Koma Shrine in Hidaka City, Saitama Prefecture. This was given major play in Korean mass media, complete with photographs. This shrine is dedicated to ancient era migrants to Japan from the […]

Japan-India Joint Counter-Terrorism Mechanism the Need of the Hour

  The destructive worldview of terrorism and violent extremism needs to be labeled as the “rarest of rare” and worst crime against humanity. The globalization of violent terror with its unparalleled scales and frequency has induced a permanent sense of fear that is unsettling. It only makes it obligatory for nations representing free and democratic […]

Why It’s Crucial for Japan to Recognize the North Korean Threat

  On September 11, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addressed the 51st Self-Defense Forces High Ranking Leaders Assembly. He advised Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera to re-evaluate the fundamental guidelines for the Security Guarantee Policy, the “National Defense Program Outline.”   He indicated this will be for consideration in the Next Mid-term Defense Program.   As […]

Asian Missile Crisis: US, Allies Face Consequences of Not Confronting the Problem

  “The four islands of the archipelago should be sunk into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche…. Japan is no longer needed to exist near us.”   This was the message recently delivered by North Korea’s bizarrely-titled “Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee.” Even by the standards of the regime’s bellicose rhetoric, threats of outright […]