Sep 18, 2005

Japan to go boldly backward for a while

HONOLULU — No one predicted the size of Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi Junichiro’s election victory last weekend. The landslide win has transformed the landscape of Japanese politics. Oddly, the new picture looks a lot like the old Japan: domination by a single party — ...

Sep 8, 2005

'Third World' chaos hits home

HONOLULU — The devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in the United States is proving difficult for Americans to comprehend. Casualties currently number in the scores, but the body count is expected to swell in the days and weeks ahead — when the survivors can ...

Jul 23, 2005

Meeting China's 'challenge'

WASHINGTON — In February 1946, George Kennan, then a political officer in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, sent an 8,000-word telegram to the State Department, warning about Soviet behavior. A little over a year later, a version of that telegram appeared in Foreign Affairs ...

Jun 26, 2005

The beginning of empathy?

HONOLULU — The strains in the Japan-South Korea relationship are far too deep-rooted for any single summit meeting to assuage. Rather, the objective of any summit should be setting the proper tone for bilateral relations. By this yardstick, the meeting Monday between Prime Minister ...

Apr 25, 2005

Enough blame to go around

HONOLULU — Deteriorating relations among Japan, South Korea and China underscore the failure of leadership in all three countries. Recent events have triggered a downward spiral in relations, but this shift hasn’t occurred in a vacuum. All three governments share the primary burden to ...

Jan 17, 2005

Japan seizes the moment

HONOLULU — Japan has put itself at the forefront of international relief efforts in the wake of the devastating Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami. Tokyo is acting both out of concern for the victims and to forward its own political-diplomatic strategy. Japan’s reaction has ...

Dec 23, 2004

Mongolia's nuclear-free wish

JEJU ISLAND, South Korea — Mongolia is a landlocked wilderness the size of Alaska. With a population of only 2.7 million, it is squeezed between two geopolitical giants, China and Russia. The collapse of the Soviet Union led to the withdrawal of Russian troops ...

Dec 11, 2004

At last, Asia is taking shape

HONOLULU — For generations, East Asia has been identified as a geographical entity — it was a region on a map — but it lacked a coherent identity beyond that. That is changing. East Asia is laying the foundation for an international presence that ...

Nov 14, 2004

Asia won't go back to being an also-ran

HONOLULU — I am often asked why our think tank is located in Hawaii. Apart from the sun, sand, sea and surf, there is a very good reason: The world looks very different from Honolulu. We’re parked in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. ...

Oct 24, 2004

The alliance hasn't expired

HONOLULU — Much recent U.S. strategic thinking about Asia has focused on China or the prospect of a nuclear-armed North Korea. These concerns have overshadowed important changes in Japan that have been influenced in part by developments in those two countries. Transformation in Japan ...