Sep 16, 2014

The ghost of Emperor Hirohito

by Eri Hotta

The recently completed 61-volume record of the life of Emperor Hirohito shows him hopelessly ambivalent about how to end Word War II as he sought "another brilliant military gain" for Japan so that it would have diplomatic clout in negotiating a settlement.

Sep 2, 2014

Wrong path to full sovereignty

by Jiro Yamaguchi

The change in the government's long-standing interpretation of Article 9 of the Constitution may lift some restrictions on Japan's use of military force, but Japan will not become a full-fledged sovereign state as long as it has a leader who can neither think autonomously ...

Sep 2, 2014

Modi goes to Japan chasing a foolish crush

by Pankaj Mishra

It is hard not to suspect naivete in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's plan to model India's economy on Japan's postwar achievements. After all, Japan owes much of that economic miracle to America's willingness to open its own markets to Japanese manufacturers while turning ...

Abe faces roadblock this fall

| Aug 31, 2014

Abe faces roadblock this fall

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears to be approaching a roadblock this fall in the form of defeat in the Okinawa gubernatorial election, possible chaos over the relocation of Futenma air station and mounting sentiment throughout Japan against U.S. military bases.