Japan

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 nowDahJTkfw Liberal Democratic Party. It also means that he will not be able to retain his top government position in case of a (not predeterminedDahJTkfw 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 (IOCDahJTkfw 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 23DahJTkfw, 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…

The Political Situation in Japan is Getting more Complicated

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The hopes of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan for a successful exit from a period of internal political turbulence, into which the country began to sink since the spring of last year, are not happening. Recall that on September 16, 2020, the Japanese Parliament approved Yoshihide Suga as Prime Minister, replacing Shinzo Abe. He resigned…

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 KoreaDahJTkfw 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…


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