Japan's way forward is to be the prophet of a new global order, not the hegemony of Washington or Beijing.
For Kevin Rafferty's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
It is time to come into the open to consider the costs and benefits — psychological, diplomatic and financial — of revising Japan's Constitution.
The issue of North Korea is instructive for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Japan because the room for maneuver is limited and Japan is trapped.
Theresa May's vision for post-Brexit Britain is 50 years too late in its official articulation, and 150-200 years too late in having the means of accomplishment.
Prime Minister Abe should be pursuing a more Asian-oriented policy with the aim of creating a peaceful backyard that can withstand any future Trump tantrums.
Donald Trump is wrong: The world needs leaders with global, not greedy nationalistic, solutions.
Japan is dancing with the devil in thinking of an arms race or the nuclear option to make up for lack of Donald Trump's support.
Japanese university bureaucracy must be prized open to let the nation's hopes and dreams flourish.
Japan is being surprisingly forceful in demanding answers from the U.K. on Brexit.
Buying or building your dream home in Japan can be nearly impossible.