Apr 28, 2015

New regime for security alliance

The latest revision to the guidelines on Japan-U.S. defense cooperation potentially expands the scope of the Self-Defense Forces' joint operation with the U.S. military on a global scale in ways that transcend the original architecture of the postwar security treaty between the two countries.

Apr 21, 2015

Resolving the Henoko standoff

The Abe adminstration must take Okinawa's popular will seriously and find a solution to the standoff over the relocation of Air Station Futenma.

Apr 24, 2014

Reaffirming the Japan-U.S. alliance

Pime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting U.S. President Barack Obama play up the "unshakable" alliance between Japan and the U.S. as the cornerstone of peace and security in Asia.

Feb 26, 2013

Tough talks ahead for Japan

Contrary to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's claim, Japan has not received a clear assurance from the U.S. that it can continue to retain high tariffs on such sensitive agricultural products as rice as a condition for joining the TPP talks.