The U.S. alliance is more important than ever before for Japan, which must address national security concerns in the face of a rising China while dealing with the threat from North Korea.
For Shin Kawashima's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The special administrative region's traditional role is changing.
A recent Abe announcement is significant but hardly signals a decoupling.
China's lending policies present some challenges to the region.
As the nation marks the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration, it finds itself at a new crossroads.
Is it time for Washington to rethink its diplomatic approach toward Phnom Penh?
To improve bilateral ties, it's important for both China and Japan to drive forward civil exchanges in some form that is not influenced by political agenda.
China needs to demonstrate "reciprocity" if it wishes to act as a superpower.