Feb 19, 2010

Japan, China, past, present

China’s recent economic progress coupled with its growing assertiveness in international politics has, in Asia, Europe and the U.S., given rise to some concern and a number of commentaries about the role of China in international politics. It may be worthwhile to compare present-day ...

Oct 30, 2009

Significance of East Asia

There have been renewed debates over the pros and cons of forming an East Asia community ever since the Hatoyama Cabinet advocated its promotion. Such debates have triggered the argument in the United States (and among some Japanese journalists) that East Asia community building ...

Sep 13, 2009

Real 'fraternity' with U.S.

Democratic Party of Japan leader Yukio Hatoyama’s article on the “Banner of Fraternity” — particularly the part that deals with globalization, Americanism and Japan’s relations with her Asian neighbors — has drawn many comments both in Japan and the United States. Most of them ...

Jul 14, 2009

Why is Japan introverted?

The number of students from China, South Korea and other Asian countries studying at American or European universities have, in general, been increasing over the years. Although there was a time when such a tendency was checked due to the increasing complexity of entry ...

May 26, 2009

Whither G7, G8 or G20?

Current worldwide economic and financial difficulties have triggered a debate over the need to strengthen the Group of 20, a forum of 20 major “economic” powers, including newly emerging countries such as China, India or Brazil, as well as some additional Western European countries. ...

Apr 11, 2009

The peacemaking process has a cultural dimension

Peace is not simply an absence of military conflict. It is a long process in which potential or actual opponents can deepen their understanding of each other and correct misperceptions or misunderstandings. If this aspect is lacking, military conflict can easily break out again. ...

Mar 10, 2009

Toward a globalized Asia

As a result of globalization, intellectual frameworks and paradigms for forming cultural policies are shifting, especially regarding cultural activity in international contexts. First, because cultural activity can now be diffused more quickly and widely across the border. As a result, culture, as part of ...

Jan 20, 2009

Obama and the alliance

Under the Bush administration, the Japan-U.S. alliance has undergone a quiet but important transformation in the eyes of most Japanese people: It has become a global alliance instead of a regional or bilateral one. Such a transformation can be witnessed in at least two ...

Dec 4, 2008

Expect new U.S. trade policy

Over the past few months, concerns have been expressed in Japan over the possible “protectionist” tendencies of the Obama administration. It appears that these concerns have two roots: One is related to the values of the Japan-U.S. military strategic alliance, and the other to ...

Sep 23, 2008

Roots of antipathy toward China

In almost all international polls, Japan ranks high in ratings with regard to peacefulness or contribution to world peace and stability. In other words, people in many countries have a favorable image of Japan. There is, however, a noteworthy exception: China. Japan is neither ...