| Jul 19, 2014

Modi's upcoming Japan visit signals closer ties

by Jeff Kingston

India’s newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi is coming to Tokyo in August to meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, signaling closer bilateral ties infused by personal chemistry and shared values. The Namo-Shinzo show will be an elaborately choreographed red-carpet extravaganza to highlight the ...

Minesweeping in Mideast 'OK under changes'

Jul 14, 2014

Minesweeping in Mideast 'OK under changes'

by Mizuho Aoki

The Cabinet's recent decision to reinterpret the pacifist Constitution means that Japan would be allowed to engage in a minesweeping operation in the Strait of Hormuz even without a cease-fire in place, as long as three self-imposed legal conditions would be met, Prime Minister ...

Jul 7, 2014

Taiwan think tank backs Japan's defense policy shift

A pro-independence Taiwanese think tank threw its backing Monday behind Japan’s decision last week to allow the use of collective self-defense. Liu Shih-chung, president of the Taiwan Brain Trust, voiced regret that the administration of President Ma Ying-jeou was unclear about its position on ...