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Japan’s Defense Minister Kept Busy as Obama Visits Asia
April 24, 2014

Japan’s Defense Minister Kept Busy as Obama Visits Asia

By Victor Robert Lee
Itsunori Onodera has spent the week bolstering Japan’s defenses, but was not helped by his colleagues.
Justin Bieber Visits Japan’s Yasukuni War Shrine
April 24, 2014

Justin Bieber Visits Japan’s Yasukuni War Shrine

By Zachary Keck
The pop star’s visit was highly controversial and won him criticism from China’s Foreign Ministry.

US-Japan Relations and Obama’s Visit to Japan
April 23, 2014

US-Japan Relations and Obama’s Visit to Japan

By Yo-Jung Chen
Both countries face some delicate tasks during the US president’s stopover.

Is China Ready to Repair Ties With Japan?
April 15, 2014

Is China Ready to Repair Ties With Japan?

By Shannon Tiezzi
A decline in Chinese naval patrols coupled with less heated rhetoric may signal China is ready to work with Japan.

Abe’s Diplomatic Backtrack
April 04, 2014

Abe’s Diplomatic Backtrack

By Kosuke Takahashi
Japan’s nationalist prime minister tries to ease tensions with his East Asian neighbors.
U.S.-Japan Relations: Not So Sweet Caroline
April 02, 2014

U.S.-Japan Relations: Not So Sweet Caroline

By Yo-jung Chen
After a rapturous welcome, Japanese enthusiasm for Ambassador Caroline Kennedy has cooled noticeably.

Three Hypotheses on Korea’s Intense Resentment of Japan
March 13, 2014

Three Hypotheses on Korea’s Intense Resentment of Japan

By Robert E. Kelly
Another perspective on the troubled relations of the East Asian neighbors.
Chinese Government Approves Two New ‘Anti-Japanese’ Holidays
March 01, 2014

Chinese Government Approves Two New ‘Anti-Japanese’ Holidays

By J.T. Quigley
Amid tensions, Japan’s defeat in WWII and the Nanjing Massacre will become “national days.”

Education & Media are Fanning the Flames in Asia
February 19, 2014

Education & Media are Fanning the Flames in Asia

By Shunsuke Hirose
A troubling consensus in East Asia: Japan is unrepentant, and China and South Korea will never forgive - so why bother?

Shinzo Abe’s Nationalist Strategy
February 13, 2014

Shinzo Abe’s Nationalist Strategy

By Kosuke Takahashi
With his overt nationalism and his historical revisionism, Shinzo Abe has a plan for Japan.

China and Japan's Deteriorating Relationship
February 13, 2014

China and Japan's Deteriorating Relationship

By Shannon Tiezzi
The Diplomat speaks with Michael Green about the root cause of the tensions, the possibility for conflict, and strategies for repairing relations.
Japan Should Follow - Germany
February 06, 2014

Japan Should Follow - Germany

By Amitai Etzioni
With regional tensions rising, Japan would do well to come to terms with its past.

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