Jan 13, 2015

Strong-arming Okinawa's governor

A reported Abe administration plan to sharply trim spending on measures to spur Okinawa's economy in fiscal 2015 smacks of an attempt to coerce Okinawa's new governor into ending his resistance to construction of a new U.S. military facility in the prefecture.

Dec 25, 2014

Nye suggests rotating U.S. forces in Japan around SDF bases

U.S. military units should rotate around and jointly use Self-Defense Forces bases across Japan to reduce the conventional emphasis on multiple fixed American bases across the country, says Joseph Nye, a former U.S. assistant secretary of defense. “We should place less emphasis on having ...

Public protest in Japan: Power to the people?

Dec 20, 2014

Public protest in Japan: Power to the people?

by Eric Johnston

“Freedom of assembly and association as well as speech, press and all other forms of expression are guaranteed.” — Article 21, Constitution of Japan “I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter friction to stop the machine.” — Henry David Thoreau, ...