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Trump, Abe to coordinate N.K. policy at White House meeting

Trump, Abe to coordinate N.K. policy at White House meeting

U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will coordinate their next steps to achieve North Korea’s denuclearization when they meet at the White House this week, a senior U.S. government official said Thursday. Abe will be in Washington on Friday for an official working visit, which will include bilateral meetings involving national […]

From Abe to Outer Space, Can Japan’s Military Techno-Nationalism Survive?

From Abe to Outer Space, Can Japan’s Military Techno-Nationalism Survive?

Japan has often been regarded as the forerunner and indeed the very apogee of techno-nationalism in Asia. In the Meiji, Taishō and Shōwa eras, Japan was the first Asian state to industrialize and rise to great-power status, largely due to national policies encouraging importation, indigenization and wielding modern technologies. In the post-Second World War era, […]

Sound and Fury: Does Abe’s Constitutional Revision Really Matter?

Sound and Fury: Does Abe’s Constitutional Revision Really Matter?

Much attention has been paid recently to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s desire to revise the country’s constitution in what would be the first and only change since it was adopted in 1947. The focus especially has been on his intent to change Article 9, which prohibits the country from engaging in war and maintaining […]

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 […]

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 […]

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