Japan

How and Why is Japan Expanding its Influence in the Indian Ocean?

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Many political scientists could not but notice and weigh in on a trend on the global arena – Japan is not particularly quickly yet steadfastly gaining a foothold in the Indian Ocean (and not only in the regions of the Middle East and North Africa). This process appears to be shaping, in a gradual manner, the nation’s comprehensive…

Japan is Guarding its Borders

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Although it has already been 75 years since World War II ended, when the territorial divisions that now demarcate various parts of the world were drawn through a series of international treaties and laws, politicians in a number of countries continue to exploit territorial issues in order to maintain military tensions, to justify increases in military spending, and as an argument to support nationalist…

The Latest on Japanese Territorial Claim Conflicts

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You may remember that debates surrounding the Dokdo islands are paramount in the South Korean-Japanese conflicts. One’s mind drifts back to a poster on which Korean patriotic NGOs went to the Japanese embassy after the 2011 accident at the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant.  A sympathetic message supporting victims of the tragedy was…

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

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In the strategic game that is playing out in the area around the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the presence of Japan is growing more prominent. The nature of this presence is reflected in both the aspect of Japan re-establishing itself as a leading world power and the swift transformation of the political puzzle taking shape here. Back…

60th Anniversary of Japan-US Security Pact

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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…


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