Japan

News about Radioactive Water: it Looks Like it is being Released into the Ocean.

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At one time the author wrote about the fate of the radioactive water accumulated at Fukushima-1 and that sooner or later the Japanese government would decide to drain it. Finally, it happened. On April 13, 2021, the Japanese government decided to allow a significant amount of water from the damaged nuclear power…

On the Japanese Prime Minister’s Trip to the US

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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s visit to the United States on April 16-17 this year and his talks with President Joe Biden were quite remarkable for a number of reasons. The main results of this event are outlined in the Joint Statement published on the White House website. The document consists of a preamble and three named sections. At the outset…

Fukushima Daiichi Radioactive Dumping and the Summer Olympics in Japan In Question

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The Japanese Cabinet of Ministers has reached an official decision on the discharge from the Fukushima Daiichi emergency nuclear power plant into a significant body of water that has already accumulated on the territory of the nuclear power plant. The entire Fukushima Daiichi site is currently lined with these tanks containing more than…

Senkaku /Diaoyu Islands Issue Discussed at US-Japan 2+2 Meeting

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During the visit to Japan (as well as South Korea) by US Secretaries of State and Defense, the scheduled US-Japan Security Consultative Committee (2+2) meeting took place in Tokyo on March 16 of this year. It is worth noting once again that engaging with one another in such a format is indicative (with rare exceptions) of a great deal…

The First Summit of the Quad Took Place

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The first (video) summit of the so-called “Quad” countries, including the United States, Japan, India, and Australia, held on March 12 this year, certainly belongs to the events of paramount importance of the current stage of the “Great World Game”. Because this configuration is seen by its initiator, the United States, as the “leaven” of the process of forming a full-fledged politico-military…

The Current Situation Concerning the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands

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Located in the East China Sea, the five uninhabited islands with a total area of about 6 square kilometers, which in Japan are called Senkaku and in China Diaoyu, are among those few “particularly heated” zones, from which, under unfortunate circumstances, the flames of full-scale conflict could well erupt. Not only in the Indo-Pacific region…

Is Japan Declaring a Territorial Blitzkrieg?

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The spring escalation of the mental territorial syndrome in Japan has been particularly active this year. According to many observers, including Japanese observers, this can even turn into serious problems for this island state, both in its domestic political life and in relations with its neighbors due to its own obstructive position of the current official Tokyo…

“Do Women Talk Too Much?” or a Scandal at the Japanese Olympic Committee

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A recent comment made by head of Tokyo Olympics organizing committee Yoshiro Mori sparked a political uproar, seemingly disproportionate in scale, which was eventually followed by his punishment that did not fit the crime. It is worth highlighting that once the chief was forced to resign on February 12, the scandal…

First Reactions of Japan, India, China on the Change of Administration in the US

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The first statements and telephone contacts of the new US leadership with their counterparts in Japan, India and China deserve close attention. If only because the development of the situation in the key Indo-Pacific region of the global space of the current “Great World Game” will be almost decisively determined by the state…

Japan and SARS-CoV-2

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Exactly one year ago, the SARS-CoV-2 factor, like a typhoon that suddenly came out of nowhere, burst into the international policy space, taking center stage with all the world’s leading players. The latter have found themselves with drastically reduced room for maneuver, both within their own countries and at the board table of the global political game. Note two important circumstances…

On Japan’s Proposed Defense Budget

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The proposed budget posted on the Japanese Ministry of Defense website for this agency for the next financial year, subject to approval during the upcoming regular session of parliament, is worthy of attention for several reasons. First of all, this is because its main provisions attest to the fact that the entire process of the country’s military…

On the Visit made by the Australian Prime Minister to Japan

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In a series of notable recent events taking place in the Indo-Pacific region, a prominent spot was occupied by the visit made by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to Japan on November 17, where he held talks with his counterpart,  Yoshihide Suga. Following that, a “Joint Statement” was issued…


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