Japan News

How to Prevent Accidental Conflict in the East China Sea

Dec 12, 2013
Since the crisis over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands in September 2012, the area around these tiny islands has become a zone of tension with high probability of an accident and subsequent conflict. Global Fellow Zheng Wang details his proposal to avoid both.

East China Sea Dispute = End of East Asian Miracle?

Dec 12, 2013
"Neither Tokyo nor Beijing has shown any signs of backing down on their claims to the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. What’s more, as Washington gets pulled ever more into taking sides in the dispute, the stakes are getting even higher for the situation to explode," writes Shihoko Goto in The Globalist.

Biden’s Balancing Act

Dec 03, 2013
Vice President Joe Biden’s endeavors to reassure the Japanese that Washington remains committed to ensuring stability in East Asia may not have been enough for Tokyo.

Stakes High for Biden’s East Asia Visit

Dec 02, 2013
Much rides on Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to Japan, South Korea, and China this week. There is no easy answer to the territorial dispute in the East China Sea between Tokyo and Beijing.

Goto Speaks at MEDays Forum

Nov 19, 2013
Northeast Asia associate Shihoko Goto discussed the challenges facing East Asia at the annual MEDays Forum in Tangier, Morocco, last week.

Japanese Parliamentarian Hideki Makihara Named Wilson Center Global Fellow

Oct 15, 2013
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is pleased to announce Japanese Diet member and Parliamentary Secretary of the Environment Hideki Makihara as a Wilson Center Global Fellow. Mr. Makihara is in his second term as a member of the House of Representatives with the Liberal Democratic Party. In September 2013, he was also named Parliamentary Secretary of the Environment.

Carving Out a Role in a New Asian Order

Oct 01, 2013
The Senkaku/Diaoyu/Diaoyutai Islands are the single biggest manifestation of a changing dynamic between China and Japan, symbolizing how the two countries are at loggerheads to be identified as the ultimate Asian power. Shihoko Goto discusses how Taiwan fits into the situation in a piece written for the Defense Security Brief.

China and Japan REALLY Don’t Like Each Other

Sep 04, 2013
A recent survey of Chinese and Japanese citizens views of each other’s countries found that 92.8 percent of Chinese respondents hold unfavorable views of Japan, a startling 28 percent rise from the year before. Similarly, 90.1 percent of respondents in Japan had an unfavorable or relatively unfavorable view of China, compared with 84.3 percent last year. For both countries, these figures were higher than in the previous nine annual surveys conducted.

East Asia: Leaving Post-War Angst Behind

Aug 15, 2013
Irrational nationalism is driving an ever-deeper wedge between Japan, China, and South Korea. All three countries face considerable economic challenges which will be better tackled together, instead of picking at the old wounds from World War II, argues Northeast Asia associate Shihoko Goto in The Globalist.

Business as Usual? U.S.-Taiwan Relations Amid Changing Realities

Aug 07, 2013
U.S.-China relations continue to play a key role in defining power politics in the Asia-Pacific region. This difficult relationship also remains central to how other countries define and pursue their own national interests. On Aug. 6, public policy scholar Yeh-chung Lu argued that he U.S. policy of rebalancing toward the region is likely to continue to shape the Asia-Pacific security equation in the years to come, including Taiwan’s security environment.

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