| Apr 19, 2014

Team Abe's alternate-reality Kool-Aid

by Jeff Kingston

Japan’s relations with China and South Korea are in tatters, there has been no progress on dealing with North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, strains with Washington persist, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks are at an impasse, whaling got harpooned and hopes for a deal ...

Military waging popularity campaign

Apr 18, 2014

Military waging popularity campaign

by Miwa Suzuki

Pacifist Japan is gradually learning to love its military, with an apparent public relations campaign to soften its image featuring online popularity contests, a much-touted soprano vocalist and dating events. The armed forces are also visible in youth culture, with young teens tuning in ...