| Apr 12, 2014

Weapons for peace and proactive pacifism

by Jeff Kingston

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has relaxed curbs on arms exports and sees great market potential in Asia. In the Pacific Century, Asia’s impressive economic growth is funding expanding defense budgets, making the region the most lucrative global arms market. Alas, it is also a ...

| Apr 5, 2014

Lessons of Fukushima: Reactor restarts are unwise

by Jeff Kingston

Kyle Cleveland, my colleague at Temple University Japan, recently published a report in the online Asia-Pacific Journal, “Mobilizing Nuclear Bias: The Fukushima Nuclear Crisis and the Politics of Uncertainty” that has drawn widespread media attention. Based on numerous interviews with government officials, military officers ...

| Mar 1, 2014

Japan's reactionaries waging culture war

by Jeff Kingston

The contemporary culture wars that have erupted over Japanese identity and history are undermining the country’s national interests and damaging its reputation. However, as rightwing extremists again try to mount a takeover by seeking to rehabilitate Japan’s history of aggression and colonial rule in ...