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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:

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 ...

Is Abe the wrong messenger for Pearl Harbor?

| Dec 24, 2016

Is Abe the wrong messenger for Pearl Harbor?

In the American lexicon, “Pearl Harbor” is synonymous with treachery and betrayal. In the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, pundits invoked the term in ways that have taken many Japanese aback, surprised that the old associations linger and uncomfortable ...

The politics of protest in Asian democracies

| Dec 17, 2016

The politics of protest in Asian democracies

Across Asia we are witnessing political turmoil and vigorous political contestation. South Korea’s “candlelight revolution,” involving millions of citizens demonstrating for several weeks in Seoul, instigated the landslide vote to impeach President Park Geun-hye by the National Assembly on Dec. 9. In Taiwan, there ...

Trump, Putin and Kim make Abe miserable

| Nov 26, 2016

Trump, Putin and Kim make Abe miserable

What a bad week for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. His foreign policy initiatives lay in tatters with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to dump the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Russian President Vladimir Putin pouring cold water on Abe’s hopes of regaining some of the ...

Can Asia survive the shock of Trump-ageddon?

| Nov 19, 2016

Can Asia survive the shock of Trump-ageddon?

Donald Trump made some outlandish promises to win the U.S. presidential election. America and the world will survive, but he poses significant risks to the global economy and the peace that has prevailed in East Asia since 1979. His denial of global warming also ...

An age of anger imperils the West — and the East

| Nov 12, 2016

An age of anger imperils the West — and the East

Around the Western world we are witnessing an age of anger and fear. This is manifested in the vitriol of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s scorched earth presidential campaign and the fear-mongering by the pro-Brexit British. Across the EU, jingoistic messages are also gaining sway, ...

Modi and Abe are at the nuclear altar again

| Nov 5, 2016

Modi and Abe are at the nuclear altar again

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Japan for a summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Nov. 11 and 12, and it is expected they will finally seal the deal on an elusive civil nuclear cooperation accord. When Abe visited India last year ...

Could nuclear advocacy be Abe's undoing?

| Oct 29, 2016

Could nuclear advocacy be Abe's undoing?

Voters have elected anti-nuclear governors in Kagoshima and Niigata prefectures in recent months. These elections can be considered referenda on nuclear power because that issue was the main focus of debate in both campaigns. The results have put Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — and ...