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| Nov 8, 2014

Right-wing witch hunt signals dark days in Japan

by Jeff Kingston

Many Japanese and long-time Japan observers have expressed dismay about the recrudescence of self-righteous nationalism under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has emboldened right-wing extremists now threatening democratic institutions and civil liberties. “The revisionist right in Japan with the active encouragement, if not involvement, ...

An opportunity for Abe and Xi

Nov 6, 2014

An opportunity for Abe and Xi

by Yoon Young-Kwan

One reason for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping's newfound flexibility toward each other may be domestic political shifts in both countries that have created a more equal balance between conservative, nationalist groups and more internationally oriented business interests.

Chinese Communist Party's great leap backward

Nov 4, 2014

Chinese Communist Party's great leap backward

by Xia Yeliang

Chinese President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign was supposed to signify a shift toward a more transparent system based on the rule of law, but the officials who have been purged so far have been Xi's political adversaries. Xi appears to be pulling China backward ...

Oct 31, 2014

APEC diplomacy could help thaw chilly ties

by Yuriko Koike

Next month's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing looks like a high-risk enterprise, as it is not even clear if Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korean President Park Geun-hye will agree to meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for discussions aimed at lowering ...

Oct 24, 2014

Western media distorts Japan

by Gregory Clark

Those two favorite targets for Western moralizing about Japanese corporate corruption — Olympus (cameras) and Recruit (information) — are back in the headlines. Both typify the shallowness of much Western reporting in Japan.