Dec 23, 2011

Risky catalog purchase of fighter

The government on Tuesday selected Lockheed Martin’s F-35 as the Air-Self Defense Force’s next-generation fighter over Boeing’s F/A-18 and the Eurofighter Typhoon to replace aging F-4 fighters. Japan plans to purchase 42 F-35s, hoping that the first delivery will start in fiscal 2016 (April ...

Mar 30, 2011

Japan's crisis leadership

by Karel Van Wolferen

AMSTERDAM — Amid the horrifying news from Japan, the establishment of new standards of political leadership there is easy to miss — in part because the Japanese media follow old habits of automatically criticizing how officials are dealing with the calamity, and many foreign ...

Feb 25, 2011

Deciphering Russian aims

by Kazuo Ogoura

The Russian prime minister’s surprise visit to the Northern Territories and subsequent Russian hard position on the territorial issue have triggered a series of reactions in Japan, which in turn have hardened the Russian position and thereby spoiled Japan-Russia relations. Some observers might regard ...