Japan News

What does agreement on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) mean?

Oct 07, 2015
The 11 other parties to TPP are watching the U.S. Congress closely. Will it accept this agreement impacting countries that account for 40% of global GDP and 26% of world trade, or will it withdraw into domestic partisan fights and ignore the global impact?

If China and the U.S. Wants the South China Sea Disputes to Cool Down

Oct 06, 2015
In May 2015, a CNN exclusive showed a US military surveillance aircraft overflying features at low altitude that China had expanded by land reclamation in the South China Sea. The Chinese navy warned the aircraft to leave the area eight times in response to the plane’s claim that it was overflying international airspace. The incident caused uproar in the West, which portrayed China as trying to claim international waters as its own sovereign territory. In China, the incident spurred warnings that if the US bottom-line is that China has to stop land reclamation, then a China-US war is inevitable.

The End of WW II From Japan's Perspective and its Implications for Today

Aug 06, 2015
As we observe the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Shihoko Goto describes the end of war from Japan's perspective. “Japan can be a stronger regional leader by articulating its history as a whole, both as a victim and as an aggressor,” Goto says.

Did Hiroshima Save Japan From Soviet Occupation?

Aug 05, 2015
"Although the bomb did not make Stalin back off in Hokkaido, its implicit threat made superpower cooperation an increasingly remote prospect. Hiroshima, then, made the Cold War practically inevitable," writes Sergey Radchenko.

Japan Moves To Expand Its Military Reach

Jul 16, 2015
Under a bill approved by Japan’s lower house of parliament today, the country’s soldiers would be able to serve overseas for the first time since World War II. There were huge protests in the streets of Tokyo during the vote and opposition lawmakers walked out. Shihoko Goto discusses the measure and its significance with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

Can Japan Have an Economic Grand Strategy Beyond the TPP?

Jul 05, 2015
"As the second-largest founding member nation of the TPP, Tokyo has a distinct advantage in setting the future rules for trade in the world’s most economically robust region," writes Shihoko Goto.

Still Cozy After All These Years

Jun 25, 2015
"Sixty-five years after the Korean War, North Korea is more to Beijing than just a security buffer and an economic appendage of China’s insatiable economy. It is the battleground where China took on mighty America and wrestled it to a stalemate. Yes, at high cost, but according to the party, in the service of just causes: China’s greatness and the longevity of the CCP," write Masuda Hajimu and Sergey Radchenko.

Japan Takes Center Stage

Apr 24, 2015
"When Prime Minister Abe took office at the end of 2012, he had two major goals: (1) shake the Japanese economy out the zombie-like state it had been in for 20 years, and (2) make Japan a 'normal' country with armed forces that could play an active role in support of Japanese interests...On the 'normal country' front he needed to rewrite the terms of the alliance with the United States so that Japan can become an active partner, not just a passive bystander. That is why the 'Defense Guidelines' will be major theme of Abe’s address to Congress," writes Marvin Ott.

A Preview: Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s Visit to the U.S.

Apr 17, 2015
When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits the US, he will be the first Japanese head of state to address Congress in 54 years. We spoke with Shihoko Goto to learn more about plans and expectations for the Prime Minister’s visit.

CfP: Northeast Asia during the Cold War: Security and Development, September 2015

Apr 15, 2015
Papers are now being solicited for "Northeast Asia during the Cold War: Security and Development," a conference to be held at Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China, in September 2015.