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by / on March 23, 2015 at 8:45 pm / in Asia, Current Issue, World

An Uncomfortable Past

…ished official diplomatic relations with China, all newly inaugurated presidents have visited the United States, Japan, and China in that order; however, President Park flatly ignored this tradition, visiting the U.S. for her first trip abroad, but skipping Japan in favor of China. She so far has met with Chinese President Xi Jinping a total of six times while completely snubbing Japan. Pundits list South Korea’s close economic ties with China an…

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by / on May 4, 2013 at 6:20 pm / in Asia, World

Senkaku, I Choose You!

…uilty of having just set fire to his own car. Behind the man is a sign written in Chinese exclaiming “Defeat the Japanese Demons.” This is just one of many scenes capturing the zeitgeist of the riots last September in China that occurred after the Japanese government nationalized three uninhabited islands that lie off the coasts of Japan, China, and Taiwan. Paying a little over 2 billion yen ($26 million) for the privilege, the government assumed…

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by / on October 18, 2009 at 5:22 pm / in Asia, Issue, Main Menu, World

Change Japan Can Believe In

…d immediately conjure up images of President Barack Obama’s election in November 2008. But here they referred to Japan’s lower house elections on August 30 2009, leading to Yukio Hatoyama’s victory on September 16 as the new prime minister. I heard the first quote at home in Tokyo on the day of the elections. The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), which has governed Japan since 1955, appeared, for the first time, to be seriously threatened by its o…

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by / on October 5, 2014 at 3:28 pm / in Asia, Web Columnists, World

Anatomizing Abenomics

…org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons By the time Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office in December 2012, Japan was suffering from lackluster economic performance. As recently reported by CPR columnist Asha Banerjee, growth in Japan was the big story of the 1980s, but by the 1990s, the Asia bubble had burst and Japan’s GDP fell by nearly USD$1 trillion. The country was also plagued by a series of other problems, such as deflation and h…

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by / on March 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm / in Opinion, World

Japan Prepares for the Real Triple Disaster

by It has now been over one year since northeastern Japan was devastated by what has been dubbed by many as the “triple disaster” – consisting of an earthquake, a deadly tsunami, and the nuclear meltdown of the now-infamous Fukushima nuclear power plant. According to  The Economist, the disaster killed more than 19,000 people and left over 325,000 homeless. The millions of Japanese people’s lives directly affected by the disaster can n…

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by / on September 23, 2014 at 12:16 pm / in Asha Banerjee, Asia, Campus, Events, Web Columnists, World

World Leaders Forum: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

by   Amidst the crowd-wide clicking and fumbling of clunky translation devices, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke to a silent, eagerly anticipatory audience crammed with students and members of the press on September 22, 2014. Between the opening remarks of President Bollinger, student questions, and Prime Minister Abe’s responses, it was a night filled with “re’s”: a renewed sense […]

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by / on September 22, 2012 at 4:28 pm / in Opinion, World

A Mukden in the Making

by from Wikimedia Commons On September 18, 1931, the Imperial Japanese Army created a crisis in Manchuria as a pretext for invasion. Dynamite was detonated in a train station in the city of Mukden (now known as Shenyang, in the northern Chinese province of Liaoning). The Japanese blamed the explosion on Chinese dissidents, and launched a full invasion of Manchuria. The puppet state of Manchukuo (the “country of the Manchu”) was establ…

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by / on October 31, 2010 at 9:50 pm / in Asia, First Person, Issue, World

Memory and Pacifism

by Okinawa is ambiguous. It is an idyllic, subtropical vacation spot in the eyes of most Japanese as well as the site of the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, the largest land-sea-air battle of World War II. Okinawa is one of 47 prefectures in Japan, but it also doubles as a home to 14 U.S. military bases which in total occupy one-fifth of the island. Its advantageous geographical location allows easy access to East Asia and the Middle East, mak…

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by / on May 4, 2011 at 4:05 am / in Asia, Issue, Main Menu, World

Nuclear Reactions

…r of analysts view nuclear energy sites as potential security threats. Other unpredictable catastrophes —and the Japan disaster is a case in point—remain.  Referring to the situation in Japan, Nils J. Diaz, former leader of the NRC has said that “a comprehensive nuclear power plant safety program developed in the United States after the Sept. 11 attacks would have prevented a similar accident at any of the nation’s nuclear facilities.”  Despite M…

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by / on October 24, 2011 at 2:30 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Defeatism Denied

…ese economy’s many inherent weaknesses. China’s growth model in the last 30 years is in many ways reminiscent of Japan’s stunning rise from the 1960s to the 1980s. Aided by the state’s heavy-handed guidance and a currency kept at an artificially low rate, both China and Japan had export-driven economic booms. Just as Japan’s did, China’s export-driven growth model may soon sputter out. Despite China’s need to revalue the yuan and rebalance its ec…

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