Japan

Fumio Kishida Formed the New Government of Japan

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On October 4, during an extraordinary joint session of both houses of the Japanese parliament, 64-year-old Fumio Kishida was elected as the new Prime Minister. On the same day, the inauguration ceremony of him personally, as well as the composition of the new Cabinet of Ministers presented by him (also approved by parliament) provided for by the current…

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and the Future of Japan-ROK Relations

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On September 29, 2021, former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida was elected chairman of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan. In the second round of voting, he won a landslide victory over the Minister for Administrative Reform Taro Kono by gaining 257 votes against 170. The election of a new chairman took place due to the expiration…

Fumio Kishida is Now an Elected Head of Japan’s Ruling Party

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On September 29, Japan’s conservative Liberal Democratic Party, which has led the country almost continuously (with two short breaks) since the mid 1950s of the last century, held party elections to its leader. In the last 10 years, the LDP, in coalition with the minority Komeito Party, whose ideology is essentially based on Buddhism…

Pan-Asianism of Japan in Relations with the Countries of Central Asia

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Through assessing the latest developments in Central Asia (CA), one can frequently find a discussion of the region being influenced by Pan-Turkism, in various commentaries. This is a secular nationalist doctrine actively disseminated by current Turkish authorities and it refers to the concepts about the need…

Seoul Continues to be Hysterical while Tokyo Digs a Fukushima Water Tunnel

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On August 25, 2021, South Korea expressed “strong regret” that Japan was unilaterally implementing its plan to release radioactive water from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant “without any prior consultations or seeking consent from the South Korean government”.  Oh, my gosh – Tokyo Electric Power Company Holding Inc. (TEPCO…

Yoshihide Suga will Not Run for Re-election as Leader of the Ruling LDP

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On September 3 this year, the current Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced that he would not run for president of the ruling (still and for now) Liberal Democratic Party. It also means that he will not be able to retain his top government position in case of a (not predetermined) LDP victory in the upcoming regular…

Criticism of Individual COVID-19 Vaccines Continues Unabated

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Although the official death toll from COVID-19 currently stands at 4.5 million, individual experts estimate that the actual death toll could be as high as 15.2 million. Therefore, it is not surprising to see increased attention in all countries on the effectiveness of the world’s vaccines against the coronavirus pandemic and an active discussion…

Japan’s Annual Defense Whitepaper, 2021 Edition

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In the middle of June this year, Japan’s Ministry of Defense published an English-language digest of its 500-page White Paper on the Defense of Japan, which gives readers an overview of this major Asian power’s defense policy, both in terms of its current status and how it is developing. Among other functions, the whitepaper provides…

The US-Japanese Alliance Against China Risks World War

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In 2003, when several lawyers, including myself, visited North Korea to learn more about socialism there, we were shown US Army documents captured in 1950 by the communist forces when they seized control of Seoul and overran the American Army headquarters. The documents confirmed that it was the US and its puppets in South Korea that invaded the north, not the other way round…

The Excitement Around the Tokyo Olympics is Growing

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The rising tide of media coverage about the Summer Olympics in Tokyo shows that they claim not only to be the most problematic major sports tournament in history. The Tokyo Olympics, postponed from 2020 because of the coronavirus, will begin July 23. At the July 20 session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Tokyo, a change in the Olympic motto…

Japan’s Problematic Olympic Games

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The Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo are vying for the top-spot for the most troubled major sporting events in history. Not only did the coronavirus pandemic fall on the Japanese, due to which the Olympic Games had to be postponed for a year, but also the remaining days before the opening (July 23), there is still no clear understanding…

Another Chapter in the Chronicles of the Trade War between Japan and South Korea

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The tense relations between Seoul and Tokyo are a constant subject of the author’s attention, and his most recent piece on the topic addressed how the issue of forced labor has been added on top of that about Korean comfort women.  After all – in comparison with fifteen grandmothers – they went through a lot more, and…


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