Gender, Race, and a Militarized Okinawa: Interview with Akemi Johnson

by Jon Letman In Akemi Johnson’s Night in The American Village: The Women in the Shadow of the U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa, the author presents a nuanced, dynamic study of gender, race, culture, and politics on the island where… Continue Reading  

Shinzo Abe’s Crucial Iran Visit

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Tehran next week to mediate between the United States and Iran, taking center stage in one of the most vexing global issues today threatening international peace and security. Although… Continue Reading  

Global Game of Thrones

by John Feffer I was surprised to learn that Dagmar Havlova had become a monarchist. In 1990, when I first met the sister-in-law of Czech playwright and later president Vaclav Havel, she was a spokesperson for Civic Forum, the movement… Continue Reading  

Living the Nuclear Past–and Future

by Susan Southard Landing at Nagasaki Airport last November, I joined a line of Japanese men, women, and children waiting to disembark from our plane. Most were likely returning home on this holiday weekend or arriving to visit family and… Continue Reading  

Listen to the Governor of Okinawa

by Alexis Dudden The East China Sea seems to have disappeared. Not literally of course, yet only a few years ago around the centennial commemorations of the beginning of World War I, talking heads named the body of water between… Continue Reading