The Self-Defense Forces face numerous obstacles in meeting their recruitment targets: Demographics, private-sector competition and image and morale issues.
Nov 3, 2023
The SDF has a big problem: Filling its ranks
The Japanese government needs to take steps to address SDF recruitment challenges that put the nation's security at risk.
A U.S. Air Force B-52 strategic bomber is escorted by South Korean F-35s during a joint military exercise over the Korean Peninsula that also involved Japan's Air-Self Defense Force.
Oct 27, 2023
Japan, U.S. and South Korea patrol the skies together
The three countries have historically engaged in bilateral exercises with the United States, but this trilateral exercise in the air is a notable first.
Delegates arrive for the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Forum to mark the initiatives 10th anniversary in Beijing on Wednesday.
Oct 20, 2023
China aims to remake the world with its Belt and Road initiative
Infrastructure is key to the success of the developing world and the failure to help emerging economies meet this vital need will rightly tar the West.
Smoke plumes billow over Gaza City after Israeli airstrikes Thursday.
Oct 13, 2023
Hamas mines depths of inhumanity. Israel must not do same.
There is the very real danger of a wider war. Netanyahu vowed “to change the Middle East,” a statement with ominous overtones.
The ouster of the U.S. speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy, sets a dangerous precedent and has implications for the country's national security and America's global leadership.
Oct 6, 2023
U.S. political follies worry friends and delight foes
The removal of Kevin McCarthy as the Speaker of the House of Representatives is an unprecedented event in U.S. history.
Two Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers escort the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during a transit mission in the Philippine Sea in April 2017.
Sep 29, 2023
The South China Sea is a test for Japan
The maritime standoff between the Philippines and China risks breaking out into open conflict, one that could ensnare other countries, including Japan.
Several factors are pushing up Japan’s land prices: foreign tourism, a return of manufacturing to the country and the change in work practices after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sep 22, 2023
Rising land prices are a cause for celebration and concern
The government said real estate prices across Japan rose 1% from the preceding year, the first such national increase in over three decades.


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