Archive for the ‘Politics (Japan)’ Category

A Japanese Destroyer, the Kongou, successfully destroyed a missile in space from a testing ground off Hawaii on the 17th, during a test of antiballistic systems jointly conducted with the US. It’s the first time a US ally has used the technology to destroy a missle and marks a major step forward for the US […]

Victor Cha Victor Cha gave a talk at Columbia on the 26th in the President’s Room of Faculty House. His talk was a defense of the Bush administration policy. He was formerly Director of East Asian Affairs at the National Security Council and worked closely with Christopher Hill on North Korean negotiations and other Asian […]

Interesting article on Reuters about remarks Giuliani gave in London, proposing an expansion of NATO not based on geography, but instead, “basic standards of good governance, military readiness (and) global responsibility.” The countries he recommended were, of course, staunch US allies and one or so potential, up-and-coming allies. They include Australia, India, Israel, Japan, and […]

Prof. Gerald Curtis of Columbia spoke at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute on the 13th concerning Japan post-Abe and the future of the LDP. What follows is a summary. __________________ HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SPEECH/DISCUSSION: The following are paraphrased highlights from the speaker’s speech and the following question and answer period. After a brief introduction from […]

Abe resigns in Japan (The Guardian). Japanese Prime Minister, Abe Shinzo resigned in Japan on the 11th. This followed shortly after he threatened to resign if the Diet failed to reauthorize a bill allowing Japan’s Self Defense Forces to continue refueling efforts in the Indian Ocean, an important help in the war on terror. The […]

John Bolton was in the Wall Street Journal on Friday, August 31st, complaining again about the US negotiations with North Korea over the nuclear shutdown.  He said that the US was conceding too much by offering to take North Korea off the list of state sponsors of terror in exchange for a shutdown.  He also […]

Cool Biz


In Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, Sebastian Moffett reports from Tokyo about Cool Biz. He says that Japan’s major banks are getting serious about the program and are implementing more casual business attire in an effort to reduce Japan’s greenhouse emissions and reduce energy usage. The Japanese government estimates that if all offices raised their air […]

China’s Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan Kyodo News reported that China’s Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan, pictured above, toured the Maritime Self Defense Force destroyer “Takanami” during a visit to a base in Yokosuka on Aug. 31 as part of a five-day trip to Japan.  Cao is the first Chinese defense minister to visit Japan since February […]