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James D.J. Brown
For James D.J. Brown's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jul 26, 2019
Time for Japan to reassess its Russia policy
Recent airspace violations show that efforts to boost security cooperation have failed to bear fruit.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jun 19, 2019
Prioritize access in Japan-Russia dispute
By prioritizing access to the islands and acknowledging that current negotiations won't lead to their return, Japan will gain a freer hand in dealing with Russia.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Nov 16, 2018
The high price of a two-island deal
The most basic condition for the return of Shikotan and Habomai would be for Japan to accept that the territorial dispute has been permanently resolved.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Sep 13, 2018
What lies behind Putin's peace proposal
The Russian leader's offer is a political move aimed at gaining a tactical advantage.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Apr 3, 2018
Japan's Indo-Pacific strategy falls short
The government must demonstrate that its commitment to international law and democratic values is more than just a fig leaf.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Mar 27, 2018
Japan and the Skripal poisoning: The U.K.'s fair-weather friend
Prime Minister Abe should demonstrate that Japan is a reliable security partner.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Feb 15, 2018
Abe's Russia policy and Aegis Ashore
Shinzo Abe's attempts to get Japanese access to the disputed islands off Hokkaido have been complicated by Tokyo's moves to buy the Aegis Ashore missile interception system.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jun 1, 2017
Shinzo Abe and the arrogance of power
Given the whiff of corruption and arrogance already emanating from the Abe adminstration, supporters of liberal democracy should be worried about what the next four years portend.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Oct 25, 2016
Will Abe's new approach to ties with Russia pay off?
Anticipation is building that a breakthrough could finally be achieved in the territorial dispute between Japan and Russia. But is it merely wishful thinking?

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on