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Will Japan regain its political credibility?

Below is an Asahi Shimbun Political column editorial by Yoichi Kato titled, “Gaps in political biorhythm and policies of DPJ and Obama Administration” found in the 24 Aug 09 paper. It is one of many positions that pundits in Japan hold. The views are varied and often conflicting, especially since it seems Japan changes Prime… Keep Reading


Is PM Aso half-stepping on collective self-defense?

The Yomiuri Shimbun ran a story on Prime Minister Taro Aso half-stepping or playing politics when it comes to discussing Japan’s right to (re)militarize. Aso remains unable to begin discussion to alter the government’s constitutional interpretation that prohibits the country from exercising the right to collective self-defense. Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged Aso,… Keep Reading


Dr. Joseph Nye confirmed as next U.S. Ambassador to Japan

I previously posted about Harvard University professor and Japan expert Dr. Joseph Nye and now it seems that is finally confirmed as the next US Ambassador to Japan. The Mainichi Shimbun reports: “Harvard University Professor and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense Joseph Nye has been confirmed as the next U.S. ambassador to Japan, a… Keep Reading


DPJ's Ozawa does not understand

Here is a follow-up to my post, “DPJ’s Ozawa: U.S. Navy in Japan is enough.” It seems like I am not the only one that thinks Ozawa is misses the mark with his comments. The Mainichi Shimbun reports: Along with the Japan-U.S. summit, Ichiro Ozawa, president of the leading opposition Democratic Party of Japan (Minshuto),… Keep Reading


President Barack Obama’s Acceptance Speech

    Embedded video from CNN Video      Barack Obama has been sworn in as the 44th US president. Here is his inauguration speech in full. My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors.… Keep Reading

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