| Apr 18, 2015

History problems cast a shadow over Abe's Japan

by Jeff Kingston

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is dogged by history problems largely because he courts controversy with his revisionist views and efforts to rehabilitate Japan’s wartime past. It’s not only moderates and leftists who worry about this: Liberal Democratic Party Vice-President Masahiko Komura has also urged ...

Diplomatic blundering on hostages and history

| Jan 31, 2015

Diplomatic blundering on hostages and history

by Jeff Kingston

Japan’s latest hostage crisis has exposed shortcomings in Japan’s public diplomacy and raises questions about the advice Prime Minister Shinzo Abe received in publicly announcing $200 million in humanitarian aid to help those displaced by conflict with the Islamic State group. Understandably, the prime ...