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Abe’s Botched Handling of Henoko
April 03, 2015
Abe’s Botched Handling of Henoko
The PM’s handling of the relocation of the U.S. military base will cost Japan in the long term.
Abe’s Botched Handling of Henoko
Tokyo Snubs Okinawa's New Anti-Base Governor
February 04, 2015
Tokyo Snubs Okinawa's New Anti-Base Governor
The LDP is using its position as Japan's governing party to make life difficult for Okinawa's new anti-base governor.
Tokyo Snubs Okinawa's New Anti-Base Governor
Abe’s Okinawa Setback
November 16, 2014
Abe’s Okinawa Setback
Local elections in Okinawa deal another blow to the prime minister's agenda.
Abe’s Okinawa Setback
India to Procure Israeli Barak-I Missiles
January 01, 2014
India to Procure Israeli Barak-I Missiles
A few defense and security links to round off 2013. Happy New Year!
India to Procure Israeli Barak-I Missiles
Japan’s Sensible New Defense Chief
June 16, 2012
Japan’s Sensible New Defense Chief
The choice of Satoshi Morimoto to head Japan’s Defense Ministry has surprised many. But the media and opposition party criticism is misplaced.
Japan’s Sensible New Defense Chief
Japan’s Persistent “Ameriphobia”
May 18, 2012
Japan’s Persistent “Ameriphobia”
Japan has long been a key part of the U.S. Pacific strategy. But for many Okinawans, the military “occupation” has gone on too long.
Japan’s Persistent “Ameriphobia”
Insult to Injury in Okinawa
December 04, 2011
Insult to Injury in Okinawa
The relocation of U.S. forces was already a thorny issue in Japanese politics. But insensitive remarks by a government official have made things far worse.
Insult to Injury in Okinawa
Japan Tries (Yet) Again
August 30, 2011
Japan Tries (Yet) Again
Yoshihiko Noda takes office at the most crucial time for Japan in half a century, says Michael Auslin. But with lacklustre public support, he has his work cut out.
Japan Tries (Yet) Again
Knives Out (Again) in Japan
June 11, 2011
Knives Out (Again) in Japan
Naoto Kan’s days as premier look numbered, says veteran Japan watcher Karel van Wolferen. But who comes next is much less clear.
Knives Out (Again) in Japan
If Japan had Channelled FDR...
December 30, 2010
If Japan had Channelled FDR...
The DPJ missed a chance to transform how Japan is governed, says Tobias Harris in the third in our series of end of year interviews.
If Japan had Channelled FDR...
Why Allies Need US Base
June 28, 2010
Why Allies Need US Base
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has been left to decide what to do about a controversial US air base. The choice is clear.
Why Allies Need US Base
Pop Culture Politics
March 11, 2010
Pop Culture Politics
Japan’s anime can help us understand its politics, says MIT prof and author.
Pop Culture Politics
March 11, 2010
Japan Embracing China?
The Diplomat speaks with Caroline Rose, author of ‘Sino-Japanese Relations: Facing the Past, Looking to the Future?’ about Sino-Japanese ties, the US-Japan alliance and the prospects for an East Asia Community.
Japan Embracing China?
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