Brad Glosserman


Brad Glosserman
For Brad Glosserman's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak addresses a news conference during an artificial intelligence safety summit in Milton Keynes, England, on Nov. 2.
Nov 29, 2023
Foreign policy and defense concerns in the age of AI
Researchers warn of the potential 'signaling risks' artificial intelligence poses to global politics and military conflict.
A pipeline transporting seawater is part of the facility for releasing treated radioactive water into the ocean from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant
Nov 27, 2023
Japan’s wastewater release could bring the region together
The release of treated radioactive water from Fukushima No. 1 could be a springboard for more transparency around nuclear energy in Japan and all of Asia.
OpenAI said it fired chairman Sam Altman after it concluded that he was not candid with the company's board, hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities.
Nov 21, 2023
Profit, not progress, animates the tech world
Reliable sources said Altman's firing came amid difference in views about the speed at which OpenAI should push its artificial intelligence.
A giant panda at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington during one of its last days on American soil. Pandas Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and Xiao Qi Ji were returned to China on Nov. 8 upon Beijing's request.
Nov 14, 2023
Pandas don’t play diplomatic hard ball like China does
Panda diplomacy is endangered, with the forced return of three bears from Washington to China an exercise in "dumb power."
New Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left) and and his predecessor, Wen Jiabao (center), attend the 12th National People's Congress where Chinese President Xi Jinping was first elected in Beijing in March 2013.
Nov 7, 2023
China's opaque politics and the Li Keqiang mystery
Li reportedly had bypass surgery and was taking drugs after a liver transplant, both of which would have increased the risk of a heart attack.
Economy minister Yasutoshi Nishimura (center) is right to insist that economic security is linked to national power and determines the fate of the nation. REUTERS
Oct 31, 2023
Economic security demands attention and defies simple explanation
A global challenge: Resilience and innovation are key strategies in the pursuit of economic security.
Bank of Japan Gov. Kazuo Ueda meets with European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde and U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell at the Jackson Hole economic symposium in Moran, Wyoming, on Aug. 25.
Oct 25, 2023
As geopolitical risks grow, businesses are slow to respond
Businesses need to integrate geopolitical risk into their decision-making in an ever-transforming world.
U.S. President Joe Biden addresses the nation about the war in Israel and Ukraine from the Oval Office of the White House on Thursday.
Oct 24, 2023
New mantra for U.S. diplomacy: First, do no harm
U.S. power has diminished and the overweening advantage it enjoyed after World War II, even at the end of the Cold War, has dissipated.
China's ambitions to control the legacy chip market have implications for the world economy and Western nations are beginning to take countersteps.
Oct 18, 2023
China's economic ambitions squeeze the developing world
While Chinese diplomats try to promote “win-win” solutions, Chinese policy is preventing developing-world partners from selling goods to China.
Central to China’s global media campaign is the aggressive use of new technologies to target and spread messages, silence critics and create a digital infrastructure that is more easily controlled.
Oct 3, 2023
Pushing back against China’s media offensive
China is using propaganda, disinformation, censorship and covert tactics to promote its preferred narrative and suppress critical reporting.
China's COSCO Shipping Ports is the world’s largest shipping company and port terminal operator.
Sep 26, 2023
China’s port investments and risks to national security
The gray area between domestic and foreign jurisdictions and private and state-owned enterprises should be cause for concern.
China with its government subsidies has become a dominant player in the EV market, causing concern in Europe and the United States.
Sep 19, 2023
EV leadership means more than just sales figures
EV dominance matters because electric vehicles are the future.
A Kirin 9000S chip fabricated in China by Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. taken from a Huawei Technologies Mate 60 Pro smartphone
Sep 12, 2023
Huawei sends a message with its new smartphone
Fear of turbocharging China’s indigenous technology development efforts has been one of the most powerful arguments against tightening export controls.
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel talks to local fishermen on Thursday to show his support for the water discharge from the nearby Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
Sep 5, 2023
Fukushima water disposal is leadership opportunity for Japan
Some 1,000 storage tanks that hold the water are almost full and more tanks can’t be installed as they would interfere with the plant’s decommissioning.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, U.S. President Joe Biden and South Korean leader Yoon Suk-yeol hold a news conference during the trilateral summit at Camp David, Maryland, on Aug. 18.
Aug 30, 2023
Camp David success depends on convincing the public
The Camp David statement is an important declaration of shared purpose and principles, and sets a path forward for substantive cooperation.
Walter F. Hatch sheds light on how Japan's actions during World War II continue to haunt the country in "Ghosts in the Neighborhood."
Aug 27, 2023
‘Ghosts in the Neighborhood’ illuminates a path to reconciliation
Asian politics expert Walter F. Hatch sheds light on the role multilateral institutions can play in Japan coming to terms with its World War II past.
U.S. and Japanese authorities are concerned that purchases of farmland near military bases and other critical facilities will allow China and other governments to spy on or interfere with their operations.
Aug 22, 2023
For the best espionage, it’s location, location, location
Efforts by Chinese companies to purchase land — often, but not exclusively, agricultural — has authorities in Japan and the United States up in arms.
A recent report showed that the number of career bureaucrats leaving government to join startups had quadrupled over the two years through fiscal 2022.
Aug 8, 2023
Japan’s young civil servants are growing disillusioned
Big companies remain the most popular career option, attracting 34% of those who change jobs.
A new high-rise is erected in Beijing in October 2021. The same year, 41% of the assets in China’s banking system were accounted for by property-related loans and credit.
Aug 1, 2023
Is Japan’s economic past China’s future?
China is facing a long period of low growth similar to Japan’s experience since the 1990s.
The nuclear-powered USS Annapolis submarine makes a port call at South Korea's Jeju Island on Monday. It was the second such visit by a U.S. submarine to the country in the span of about a week.
Jul 25, 2023
Nuclear Consultative Group strengthens Northeast Asian deterrence
The logic for trilateral coordination between the U.S., Japan and South Korea is compelling. The NCG is an important first step toward that goal.


Yoshiko Koide sits in a classroom at Nagoya College where she teaches a Japanese-language observation seminar.
How a dictionary came to spark outrage among the web’s otaku