Japan Divided Over Any Revision to Its “Peace Constitution”

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by Donald Kirk The overwhelming success of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the latest elections for members of the Japanese “Diet” — the peculiar word for Japan’s parliament or national assembly — portends hardening of tensions and priorities in Northeast… Continue Reading  

East Asia and the Pacific in the New World Disorder

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by Chas Freeman I attended my first PPI gathering in 1997 at Larry Hull’s place in Agate Beach, Oregon.  I remember Bob Maynard politely but pointedly questioning my prediction that Pacific Asia was about to make a comeback as the… Continue Reading  

The Coming Showdown in Okinawa

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by Tim Shorrock Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga arrived at the National Press Club last Friday to address the media after spending three days in Washington talking about his opposition to a new U.S. Marine base on the island. What might… Continue Reading  

The U.S. Military’s Role in Asia in the Age of Trump

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by Tim Shorrock Despite the attention being given to America’s roiling wars and conflicts in the Greater Middle East, crucial decisions about the global role of U.S. military power may be made in a region where, as yet, there are… Continue Reading  

Hiroshima and History

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by Alexis Dudden The nearly impossible will soon take place. On May 27, President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima. “This (visit) is something that we think is important to do,” National Security Adviser Susan Rice explained on CNN the other day.… Continue Reading