Jan 8, 2017

East Asia in the Trump era

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What might happen to U.S. foreign policy, in particular its alliance in East Asia, under the leadership of incoming President Donald Trump? Japan faces an increasingly complex security landscape in East Asia. The Trump presidency could make it more uncertain and more unpredictable. First, ...

Dec 28, 2016

Beyond Abe's Pearl Harbor visit

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Pearl Harbor serves as a reminder of the need for full reconciliation with Japan's Asian neighbors that suffered from its past aggression and colonial rule.

Dec 15, 2016

Air base noise pollution problem

A Supreme Court decision is likely to set precedents against lower courts granting compensation for problems caused by the operation of military aircraft.

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.

Oct 18, 2016

SDF's expanding missions

Lawmakers in the Diet should once again scrutinize how far the administration intends to expand the SDF's overseas missions under Abe's call for "proactive contribution to peace" and how that should be controlled.

Mar 17, 2016

The Japan-U.S. alliance and robotics diplomacy

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Tucked inside the 2017 U.S. defense budget request is about $15 billion to place relatively small research bets on over-the-horizon technologies that can help the U.S. military maintain a leading edge over any competitor over the long term. Close allies like Japan have an ...