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Introduction: Summitry in Asia

Introduction: Summitry in Asia

2018 in Asia could well be called The Year of the Summit, with the most dramatic centered on the Korean Peninsula: Kim Jong Un’s meetings with Xi Jinping, Moon Jae-in and Donald Trump. Casting our gaze more broadly, of course, we find that both bilateral and multilateral summitry is by no means limited to the […]

Can Abe Get Japan Back on the Korea Bus?

Can Abe Get Japan Back on the Korea Bus?

At the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 20, 2017, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe outlined his hardline approach to North Korea in no uncertain terms. “Again and again, attempts to resolve issues through dialogue have all come to naught. In what hope of success are we now repeating the very same failure a third […]

Can Abe Get Japan Back on the Korea Bus?

Can Abe Get Japan Back on the Korea Bus?

At the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 20, 2017, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe outlined his hardline approach to North Korea in no uncertain terms. “Again and again, attempts to resolve issues through dialogue have all come to naught. In what hope of success are we now repeating the very same failure a third […]

Abe’s More Assertive Japan: Will He Defy Expectations Again?

Abe’s More Assertive Japan: Will He Defy Expectations Again?

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in power since 2012, has consistently defied expectations. He first came to the office in 2006, as the protégé and successor to Japan’s most popular and arguably most successful post-war prime minister, Junichiro Koizumi. By skilfully using a major electoral reform in 1994 and an administrative reform in 2001 that […]

Nostalgia and Romanticism: Populism and the Rise of Identity Politics

Nostalgia and Romanticism: Populism and the Rise of Identity Politics

Politically, the world is more dangerous and unpredictable than it was just a couple of years ago. Seemingly overnight, following Britain’s unexpected vote on June 23, 2016, to withdraw from the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as US president in November of the same year, confidence in liberal democracy is at a […]

President Abe and Xi pledge Japan and China will deepen cooperation

President Abe and Xi pledge Japan and China will deepen cooperation

The leaders of China and Japan have pledged to speed up cooperation in the latest sign that the two Asian rivals are mending ties strained by territorial and historical disputes. On the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in the eastern Russian city of Vladivostok, Chinese President Xi Jinping told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe […]

Taiwanese protest after Japanese man kicked comfort woman statue

Taiwanese protest after Japanese man kicked comfort woman statue

Dozens of human rights activists rallied outside Japan’s de facto embassy in Taipei on Monday to call on the Japanese government to apologize after a Japanese right-winger was caught on a security camera kicking a memorial statue for “comfort women.” According to local media, members of the Tainan City Women’s Human Rights Equality Promotion Association […]

Comfort woman statue unwelcome at colleges

Comfort woman statue unwelcome at colleges

Local universities are unwilling to approve students’ requests to place statues of girls symbolizing Korean victims of sexual slavery on their campuses out of concerns that it may discourage their attempts to attract Japanese students. According to students at Kookmin University, Wednesday, an intramural community, comprised of 20, has sought to erect a statue since […]

Multilateral diplomacy war in the indian ocean

Multilateral diplomacy war in the indian ocean

In January this year, Prime Minister Abe made official visits to Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Maldives with the aim of expanding its operations in the region and held key talks with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena in Rohingy last March: discussed in detail on the economy, maritime cooperation, security and regional order. An agreement was […]

Veneration & Attachment: Cats in Asian Culture

Veneration & Attachment: Cats in Asian Culture

Cats in the Middle East The world can be divided into two main categories: people who love cats and people who hate them. To be more precise, the first group of people are really crazy for cats. But this is not a recent phenomenon. The bond between cats and humans can be traced back to […]

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