Japan’s Art of Forgetfulness

April 14, 2021

What choices are available to a nation that, in its quest for modernization, foolishly built a nuclear reactor in a seismically active tsunami zone? The Royal Society reported in 2015 that the disastrous fate of Fukushima in 2011 resulted from a “cascade of engineering and regulatory...

Can Japan Maintain Its Economic Fortunes?

June 24, 2019

Japan is set up for a stint in the international spotlight, hosting the G20 summit at the end of June and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It will be a busy few years for Japan, which hosts the G20 summit on June 28-29 followed by the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. The international attention sparks questions...

Developing Regional Security in the Indo-Pacific

September 23, 2018

Can East Asian nations help develop an Indo-Pacific security architecture? Contesting International Society in East Asia, edited by Barry Buzan and Yongjin Zhang, provides an account of how remnants of colonial thought and the distinct civilizational inheritances of East Asian countries have...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “High-Quality” Dessert in a Shoe

May 14, 2018

Benjamin Netanyahu has put his foot in it with the Japanese prime minister. In the latest news from hyperreality, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has demonstrated simultaneously his commitment to innovating in the “art de la table” and his total absence of cultural sensitivity by...

The World This Week: Shinzo Abe’s Sun Rises in Japan

October 29, 2017

With Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe on the ascendant, tensions are bound to rise in East Asia despite Japan’s aging population and tottering economy. This week, US Senator Bob Corker turned on the man he endorsed not too long ago. The senator called US President Donald Trump “utterly...