Commentary Topics

Nov 29, 2016

Use Trump as opportunity to shake Japan's status quo

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Like many others, I was stunned by the results of the recent presidential election in the United States. Whatever you think of Donald Trump, he certainly demonstrated political genius in connecting with millions of Americans, tapping into widespread sentiments and defying the conventional wisdom ...

Expect closer Japan-U.S. ties

Nov 25, 2016

Expect closer Japan-U.S. ties

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An alignment of long-term economic, political and security interests mean that Japan-U.S. relations will ultimately be driven by strategic considerations rather than personality politics.

Nov 16, 2016

What Abe should tell Trump

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Abe must convince Trump that the U.S. global role is not some expensive alimony but an investment that generates a higher rate of return than any building in New York City.

Nov 15, 2016

The vast Eurasian hinterland

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Prime Minister Abe is employing his new concept of "Eurasia" to identify in more strategic ways than ever the mutually complementary aspects of Japan and Russia's geopolitical positions.