Professor Nobu Iwatani's detention in China marked a potential new, dangerous phase in the CCP government's undermining of academic freedoms for its expansive regime security interests.
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A monument and a suitable memorialization for Mamoru Shinozaki would communicate a humane message about Japanese remembrance of past injustices, and about its close, peaceful engagement with the rest of Asia in the present.
South Korean nationalism has co-opted the comfort women issue.
Taiwan's political culture supports rights and freedoms that are under pressure in other liberal democracies and almost extinguished in China.
A more secure, internationalized future for kimono may lie with those innovative designers who are taking it down from its high pedestal and unburdening it from its more restrictive cultural symbolisms.
As cold war rhetoric escalates, progressive critics of China must find an independent voice.
There are some strategies by which Japanese and foreign advocates for migrants can argue for their rights to work and belong in Japan.
There's a need for Japan humanities perspectives to be heard more by foreign audiences abroad, to have greater influence in international scholarship and the global public sphere.
Japan still has the right to organize, and unions are good both for members and management.
As an illiberal China exerts global influence, small Pacific states become canaries in a geopolitical coal mine.