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Jeff Kingston

Jeff Kingston lives in Tokyo, teaches history at Temple University Japan and has been contributing to The Japan Times since 1988. “Contemporary Japan” (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) is his most recent book.

For Jeff Kingston's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

| Feb 11, 2017

Dealing with Taiwan's nightmares past and present

On Feb. 28, Taiwan will commemorate the 70th anniversary of what is known as the 2.28 Incident, when Taiwanese rioted against mainlanders from the Kuomintang (KMT) who had taken over control of the island when the Japanese departed in 1945 following their defeat in ...

Media deployed to fight history wars in East Asia

| Jan 21, 2017

Media deployed to fight history wars in East Asia

At a recent conference funded by the Toshiba Foundation on the media’s role in representing the shared wartime past in East Asia, scholars and journalists gathered at Cambridge University to assess the current state of play.In general, the gathered academics understood the demands of ...

Regional turbulence likely to continue in 2017

| Jan 14, 2017

Regional turbulence likely to continue in 2017

Don’t expect 2017 to bring much relief from the miseries that gathered in 2016. It’s not all about President-elect Donald Trump but, alas, he is the unpredictable joker in the pack. Remember all those Trumpkins reassuring us that Trump as president would not be ...

Inada's Yasukuni visit sinks Pearl Harbor gesture

/ Jan 7, 2017

Inada's Yasukuni visit sinks Pearl Harbor gesture

If Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meant what he said about the “power of reconciliation” on his Dec. 27 visit to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, he should sack Defense Minister Tomomi Inada who visited Yasukuni Shrine two days later. If he does nothing, then his ...

Why Abe's Russian gambit is doomed

| Dec 31, 2016

Why Abe's Russian gambit is doomed

Say what you will about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, he is a glutton for punishment. Too bad his bravado is not matched by canny discernment. Case in point is his plan to visit Russian President Vladimir Putin to follow up on the recent fiasco ...