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Denny Roy
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 8, 2023
North Korea’s failing foreign policy
Pyongyang’s nuclear program has yet to increase the country’s international standing, improve its security or enhance its ability to extract concessions from Tokyo, Seoul or Washington.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 16, 2020
China’s Nobel Peace Prize problem
The Chinese government reportedly wants Oslo to guarantee that a Chinese dissident would never again win the Nobel Prize as a precondition for re-normalized relations.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 29, 2020
U.S.-China reconciliation is drifting further away
A recent speech by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo deepens the view that peaceful coexistence with an authoritarian and increasingly powerful China isn't possible.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 27, 2020
Did COVID-19 really give China a strategic advantage?
The pandemic has been more burden than opportunity for Beijing.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 17, 2020
U.S.-China tensions: It’s worse this time
The safety nets that operated in both countries to prevent irretrievable damage to the relationship have rotted away.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 6, 2020
COVID-19 crisis reveals the CCP's true colors
When the Chinese Communist Party feels threatened, the world should not expect to see anything other than Beijing utilizing any means possible to reduce that threat.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 24, 2019
North Korea goes nuclear: A post-mortem
How did Pyongyang succeed when so many other states have failed to get nuclear missiles?
COMMENTARY / Japan
Nov 13, 2019
North Korea goes permanently nuclear — does it matter?
North Korea's possession of an arsenal of nuclear-armed missiles increasingly looks permanent. The U.S. government will continue to refuse to officially recognize this reality, mostly out of deference to Tokyo. However, the region has settled into a new status quo.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 2, 2019
The blackest hand in Hong Kong is Beijing's
Beijing will do anything necessary to pacify 'Chinese' territory and doesn't care much what the rest of the world thinks about it.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 30, 2018
Are U.S. FONOPs upholding freedom or stirring up trouble?
U.S. freedom of navigation missions in the South China Sea are aimed at preventing Beijing from establishing a sphere of influence.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Oct 17, 2014
Don't overstate Japan 'danger'
Chinese allegations that the Abe government is moving toward a militarist foreign policy demonstrate China's inability or unwillingness to acknowledge that current Chinese behavior contributes to the enhancements in Japanese security policy that China wishes to avoid.
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 30, 2010
Korean peace still elusive, six decades on
HONOLULU, EAST-WEST WIRE — The tragic Korean War, which began 60 years ago, resulted from the post-World War II division of Korea by the United States and the Soviet Union — intended to be temporary — and from the political struggle that developed between Seoul and Pyongyang. After...
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 3, 2008
Taiwan politics: Back to the good old days under the KMT
HONOLULU — Surprises and exciting finishes are the rule in Taiwan's elections. In the months before the presidential election on March 22, Nationalist Party (KMT) candidate Ma Ying-jeou led Democratic Progress Party (DPP) candidate Frank Hsieh Chang-ting in public opinion polls by as much as 20...

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Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world