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Nye not easily accepting ambassadorship to Japan?

I previously reported that Joseph Nye was picked to become US Ambassador to Japan. Is he holding out for something better? The Asahi Shimbun reported on Feb. 8 that “the United States has decided” informally to appoint Harvard University Prof. Joseph Nye as ambassador to Japan. However, the White House has yet to announce anything… Keep Reading


Dr. Joseph Nye to be Ambassador to Japan

President-elect Obama’s pick for Ambassador to Japan is  a wise move. Joseph Nye  will be well-suited to improve relations with Japan and its neighbors. I meet Dr. Nye during a Q&A session on Japan-U.S. Relations and have read some of his works. He is a proponent of soft power which is an area of international relations which… Keep Reading


Obama may review US, Japan pact

Japanese government officials believe that the Alliance Transformation and Realignment Agreement (ATARA) between the U.S. government and Japan should be revisited and reviewed, which would cause a delay in the relocation of 8,000 U.S. Marines to Guam. And apparently, President-elect Barack Obama’s diplomatic staff agree. Democratic Party of Japan vice president Seiji Maehara said recently that… Keep Reading


Japan yet to grasp significance of an Obama White House

To assess how the next U.S. administration of Barack Obama would cope with the various challenges ahead, it is essential to have an accurate understanding of the significance of his election victory, Japanese experts told a recent symposium in Tokyo. As the first black to become U.S. president, much of the Japanese media coverage of… Keep Reading


Withdrawal Agreement Between USA and Iraq

  | 1   Agreement Between the United States of America and the Republic of Iraq On the Withdrawal of United States Forces from Iraq and the Organization of Their Activities during Their Temporary Presence in Iraq  Preamble  The United States of America and the Republic of Iraq, referred to hereafter as “the  Parties”:  Recognizing the importance of:… Keep Reading


Japan's spies: What cloak, dagger?

How ill is Kim Jong Il? Intelligence agencies around the world, including the CIA, are believed preparing for possible turmoil in North Korea, where the dictator’s health remains a highly guarded secret from the outside world. One size fits all: North Korean leader Kim Jong Il visits a military unit at an undisclosed location in… Keep Reading

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