Japan

Okinawans Rebel Against the US and Tokyo

324234234234“Any man in combat who lacks comrades who will die for him, or for whom he is willing to die, is not a man at all. He is truly damned.” – William Manchester, in Goobye Darkness. The game…

What Japanese Media Doesn’t Want You to...

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Write that ‘Japan is part of the neo-colonialist clique’, and you will never again be invited to participate in any public debate conducted by Japanese mass media outlets. And that is exactly what I wrote several months ago…

Japan on the Eve of Election

29858284The government of Japan has finally set the exact date (July 10, 2016) for the regular midterm election to the House of Councillors. This time the results of a routine election can have a far-reaching implication not only at the national…

The Group of Seven Meets in Japan

2811Heads of the US, Japan, Germany, Great Britain, France, Italy and Canada held a regular meeting on May 26-27 in the Japanese resort town of Ise-Shima, where they adopted an extensive Declaration consisting of several dozen sections. The format and…

Barack Obama to Visit the Hiroshima Peace Mem...

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On May 10, 2016, it was finally announced on behalf of the US administration that US President Barack Obama would visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial in the course of a regular G7 summit. The summit scheduled for May 26-27 will be hosted by…

European Tour of Japanese Prime Minister Shin...

345345444The European tour of Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, which took place from 2 to 6 May, consisted of two parts. The first part included visits to Italy and France, Germany and the UK, that is, four of the leading EU members, as well as a visit to…

Is Japan Testing Zero-2?

34534444The first test flight of the Japanese experimental fighter X-2 conducted on April 22, 2106 did not go unnoticed by the mass media. The aircraft is a brainchild of one of the divisions of Mitsubishi Corporation. For the record: during WWII this…

Nuclear Power in Japan: A Steep Climb Upwards

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Five years have passed since the nuclear disaster at Japanese nuclear power plant Fukushima Daiichi. The aftermath of this disaster is still heavily affecting Japan. This catastrophe has almost put an end to the use of nuclear power in Japan…

Symbolic Meaning of G7 Foreign Ministers̵...

750x-1In mid-April, Hiroshima hosted a meeting of foreign ministers of the G7 nations as part of the preparation for the G7 summit. As was expected, the US Secretary of State along with…

Japan: Five Years after the March 2011 Disast...

3453453444On March 11, 2016, Japan marked five years since the occurrence of one of the most devastating natural and technological catastrophes in world history, triggered by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake. Its epicenter…

Pre-election Scandals Surrounding Shinzo Abe

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Some kind of bad luck is haunting the current Prime Minister and leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Shinzo Abe, who is, without a doubt, one of the most prominent Japanese political figures of the past decades. This…

Japan’s Foreign Policy Messages of Early 2016

shinzo-abe-1451902408606The changing face of Japan’s foreign policy—a many-year process—has been marked by several notable messages sent to the outside world in 2016 that has just begun. Firstly, it was Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s response to the request of the members…


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