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 ...

Mar 31, 2005

No exception for Pyongyang

HONOLULU — No issue more clearly illustrates the chasm in public perceptions that has developed between the United States and South Korea than the issue of human rights in North Korea. Last October President George W. Bush signed the North Korean Human Rights Act, ...

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 ...

Sep 5, 2004

Japan-China mind games

HONOLULU — Two weeks in China have left me concerned about future relations between Japan and China. A smooth and cooperative Japan-China relationship is essential to regional peace, stability and prosperity. Yet increasing interaction at just about every level of the relationship has generated ...

Aug 3, 2004

Nuclear sword of Damocles

NAGASAKI — The end of the Cold War didn’t end the threat of nuclear annihilation. An increasing number of experts worry that the dangers posed by those weapons of mass destruction are increasing as the nuclear nonproliferation regime is increasingly stretched and frayed. The ...

Jul 15, 2004

Prepare for post-Koizumi era

HONOLULU — Prime Minister Koizumi Junichiro took a beating in last Sunday’s Upper House elections. While his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lost seats, the real blow seems to be the prime minister’s loss of rapport with voters. The magic is gone, and that means ...