Jul 27, 2014

Think tank's peace proposal: Stop visiting Yasukuni

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should stay away from controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, an international think tank said, as it offered ideas on defusing mounting Sino-Japanese tensions. In a recent report, the International Crisis Group warned that Abe’s visit to the shrine last December ...

'Patriot wives' put country before gender

| Apr 26, 2014

'Patriot wives' put country before gender

by Philip Brasor

In a 1989 essay, “Coming Down Again: After the Age of Excess,” from a newly edited collection of her writings, the late American critic Ellen Willis discussed a dilemma the women’s movement faced in the ’70s. With the advent of the ’60s counterculture came ...

| Apr 26, 2014

Asian paradox: Closer but cooler

by Jeff Kingston

The mini-Cold War between Japan and South Korea has kept Washington busy as it tries to forge closer security ties between its allies to offset the rise of China. Policymakers confront the Asian paradox of deepening distrust and conflict in tandem with widening economic ...

Apr 24, 2014

When will Abe learn?

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dedicates a "masakaki" tree offering to the war-related Yasukuni Shrine as if refraining from an actual visit would pre-empt frictions with the U.S. and others. When will he learn?