Commentary Topics

Nov 18, 2015

Okinawa's base conundrum


The Okinawa base issue goes beyond the tangible impact of the U.S. military bases. More than anything, it's the attitude of the Japanese central government toward the issue that irks Okinawans.

Nov 17, 2015

Behind Japanese parochialism


Japan's parochialism is embedded in history and the economic, educational and social structure. We should not expect to see more than a slow change — and it might be toward more rather than less isolation.

Nov 10, 2015

The 'postwar period' isn't over


The "history war" between Japan and China will continue as long as the two countries are unable to resolve the gap in their interests in international political terms and address the contradictions between their national interests and strategies.