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World War II Anniversary Once Again Sparks Controversy in East Asia
August 16, 2016
World War II Anniversary Once Again Sparks Controversy in East Asia
The 71st anniversary of Japan's surrender saw several officials visit Yasukuni Shrine, although PM Abe did not.
World War II Anniversary Once Again Sparks Controversy in East Asia
Korean Man Arrested in Yasukuni Bombing Case
December 11, 2015
Korean Man Arrested in Yasukuni Bombing Case
The suspect has both admitted and denied planting explosives at the controversial shrine honoring Japan's war dead.
Korean Man Arrested in Yasukuni Bombing Case
How Japan Views History
November 30, 2015
How Japan Views History
Japan’s memorials and museums shape national narratives on how to remember the war, honor the dead, and ensure peace.
How Japan Views History
Are Korea and Japan Headed for a Thaw?
November 05, 2015
Are Korea and Japan Headed for a Thaw?
The Park-Abe meeting was encouraging, but there are structural issues that still need to be addressed.
Are Korea and Japan Headed for a Thaw?
Shinzo Abe Refrains From Joining Japanese Lawmakers at Yasukuni Shrine
October 21, 2015
Shinzo Abe Refrains From Joining Japanese Lawmakers at Yasukuni Shrine
The Japanese prime minister seems to have learned his lesson about visiting Yasukuni.
Shinzo Abe Refrains From Joining Japanese Lawmakers at Yasukuni Shrine
China Has Its Own Problems With History
August 31, 2015
China Has Its Own Problems With History
Beijing's treatment of history should be scrutinized as well.
China Has Its Own Problems With History
Abe’s Japan Cannot Apologize for the Pacific War
May 13, 2015
Abe’s Japan Cannot Apologize for the Pacific War
Yasukuni Shrine will continue to compromise any apology that Japan’s leaders can offer.
Abe’s Japan Cannot Apologize for the Pacific War
Will Northeast Asia's 2015 Be Overshadowed by War History?
January 03, 2015
Will Northeast Asia's 2015 Be Overshadowed by War History?
2015 is the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. How will Northeast Asia handle the milestone?
Will Northeast Asia's 2015 Be Overshadowed by War History?
Signs of Sino-Japanese Détente Despite New US-Japan Defense Guidelines?
November 18, 2014
Signs of Sino-Japanese Détente Despite New US-Japan Defense Guidelines?
Both sides seem to be trying to defuse tensions, if not actually addressing the underlying causes.
Signs of Sino-Japanese Détente Despite New US-Japan Defense Guidelines?
China Plays It Coy on Xi-Abe Meeting
October 30, 2014
China Plays It Coy on Xi-Abe Meeting
Despite growing speculation that a Xi-Abe meeting is in the cards, Beijing is sticking to its guns.
China Plays It Coy on Xi-Abe Meeting
Chinese Premier, Japan’s Prime Minister Meet for First Time
October 18, 2014
Chinese Premier, Japan’s Prime Minister Meet for First Time
A meeting between Li Keqiang and Shinzo Abe gives hope for a Xi-Abe summit. Will the Yasukuni Shrine issue be a roadblock?
Chinese Premier, Japan’s Prime Minister Meet for First Time
Stumbling Blocks to Japan-South Korea Ties
October 15, 2014
Stumbling Blocks to Japan-South Korea Ties
Low-level, non-vital issues continue to hold meaningful dialogue just out of reach.
Stumbling Blocks to Japan-South Korea Ties
What to Expect from Japan at Beijing APEC Summit
October 09, 2014
What to Expect from Japan at Beijing APEC Summit
Abe’s ambitious goals will require tit-for-tat with three key partners.
What to Expect from Japan at Beijing APEC Summit
Japan’s New Cabinet Seeking Regional Cool-Down
September 04, 2014
Japan’s New Cabinet Seeking Regional Cool-Down
Abe is renewing his push for bilateral meetings with regional leaders.
Japan’s New Cabinet Seeking Regional Cool-Down
Shinzo Abe Sent Note to Ceremony Honoring War Criminals
August 28, 2014
Shinzo Abe Sent Note to Ceremony Honoring War Criminals
The revelation will likely inhibit any improvement in relations between Japan and its neighbors in the short term.
Shinzo Abe Sent Note to Ceremony Honoring War Criminals
‘New Nationalism’ in Japan
August 21, 2014
‘New Nationalism’ in Japan
A turn toward military normalization threatens Japan position as a peaceful international leader.
‘New Nationalism’ in Japan
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