On the Problems with Japan’s Course of Movement “Toward the Southwest”

In the strategic game that is playing out in the area around the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the presence of…

60th Anniversary of Japan-US Security Pact


This year celebrates an important anniversary for Japan–United States relations, giving us an opportunity to focus on their transformation with time. The author is referring to January 19, which marked the signing of the United States-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security sixty years ago, and to July 23, the date it was enacted. In Washington’s and Tokyo’s…

Japan’s Return to “Normalcy” amid SARS COV-2 Pandemic


In Japan, the process of returning to “normalcy” is often tied with the desire of the nation’s leadership to remove limitations imposed on the country by Article 9 of its pacifist constitution adopted in 1947 under (to put it mildly) “pressure” from the US-led occupation administration. And according to a more radical viewpoint, the draft of this document for post-war Japan was…

It is Time for Japan to Become a Truly Independent State


As the entire world suffers the tragic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, the latest anti-American scandals are gaining momentum in Japan. The Kyodo News agency was the first to report the announcement made by Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono on April 17 that a joint investigation would be conducted by the Japanese and United States military into a leakage…

On Japan’s Declaration of a State of Emergency


Speaking at a meeting with his coronavirus task force on April 7, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe finally took the step to declare a state of emergency over the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic in the country. The state of emergency which will last until May 6 (for now) has not been introduced on a countrywide scale, but it applies to two of…

Japan’s Nuclear Power Industry: a Bumpy Road after Fukushima


Japan is the third most economically developed country in the world and one of the most technologically advanced nations on the planet. Up until 2011, it was also among the world’s leaders in nuclear power. There were 54 nuclear power reactors operating throughout the country that generated 30% of the energy consumed…

“Ainu Factor” in Japan’s Expansionist Strategy


Nowadays, Japan is viewed as a country with a seemingly good economy. And the Japanese yen has long had a reputation of being a trusted currency that people convert their savings into in difficult times in order to avoid losing their money. But, at the same time, the nation is facing many problems with its economy, the environment and within society, such as population…

Dumping Contaminated Water from Fukushima Plant Into Ocean – the Lesser Evil?


In February this year, a number of media outlets reported that the Japanese authorities intended to drain more than one million tons of radioactive water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the Pacific Ocean. According to some experts, this method is the lesser evil because the ocean is able to dilute…

60th Anniversary of US-Japan Treaty


January 19, 2020, marked the 60th anniversary of the signing of an agreement with the wordy title of “Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States of America and Japan”. Incidentally, Nobusuke Kishi (the maternal grandfather of current Prime Minister Shinzō Abe) penned his signature on the document on behalf of Japan. At present, there are 54,000…

Shinzō Abe’s scheduled tour of Greater Middle East


From 11 to 15 January of this year, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe was on a scheduled tour of a number of Greater Middle Eastern (GME) nations, a region of growing importance in Japan’s foreign policy course. This is evidenced by, for instance, the increasing frequency of visits by high-level government officials from Japan to the GME and vice versa…

Japan’s Collaboration with Washington – Everything Goes as Long as it is Against China


Officially, the relationship between Japan and China is “somehow improving”. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is even expecting a visit by President Xi Jinping this spring. But, frankly, the relationship between the two mightiest countries in Asia is up and down, still very complex and hardly transparent. To date, the US nuclear-armed air force bases…

Dumping Radioactive Water into the Pacific Ocean — a Hypothetical Scenario for Tokyo?


It was not so long ago that we wrote about how radiophobia is being stoked up as part of the trade war between Japan and South Korea. Having brought this topic to the public’s attention, I would like to go into more detail and highlight people’s fears that “Japanese authorities are about to flood…

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