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 ...

May 21, 2004

Risks of Pyongyang's favors

HONOLULU — What a week! Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is packing his bags for another trip to Pyongyang to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, and the United States has announced a troop transfer from South Korea to combat duty in Iraq. ...

May 17, 2004

China's influence soars in Asia

HONOLULU — A battle for the hearts and minds of Asians has begun. While there has been considerable attention on “the rise of China,” we’re only slowly beginning to appreciate the meaning of that overused phrase. China’s economic influence is well apparent. It has ...

Apr 6, 2004

Japan-America's worldview

HONOLULU — There’s every reason to celebrate as the United States and Japan commemorate 150 years of diplomatic relations this year. The bilateral relationship is the best ever, surpassing even the Golden Age of the “Ron-Yasu” years (1982-87). Credit a decade of preparation, hardworking ...

Jan 26, 2004

Fog of politics obscures war

MAUI, Hawaiian Islands — For most Americans, World War II began Dec. 7, 1941, when Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbor. Europeans date the beginning of the war to the 1939 invasion of Poland. Few Westerners appreciate the length and savagery of the Sino-Japanese war ...

Jan 19, 2004

Okinawans await assurance of lighter military presence

HONOLULU — During a visit to Okinawa, which has long borne a disproportionate share of the U.S. military presence in Japan, I was peppered with questions about the impact of planned redeployments. Okinawans have high hopes that the moves will lighten their burden. I ...

Jan 4, 2004

No East Asian card too wild

HONOLULU — The National Intelligence Council, which does strategic analysis for the U.S. government, recently published parts of its “2020 project” (www.cia.gov./nic/NIC_home.html), examining forces that will shape the world through 2020, region by region. The East Asia analysis posits three “broad trends” shaping the ...

| Dec 28, 2003

Fear of modern terrorism

THE NEW TERRORISM: Anatomy, Trends and Counterstrategies, edited by Andrew Tan and Kumar Ramakrishna. Singapore: Eastern Universities Press, Regional Security Studies, 2002, 254 pp. (paper). If the contributors to this excellent survey of “the new terrorism” are correct, then the world needs to be ...