Tag: Japan

The North Korean Missile Crisis: The Dawn of Japanese Rearmament

On the 6th of March 2017, North Korea launched four ballistic missiles towards the Sea of Japan. Three of the missiles landed in Japanese territorial waters, which North Korea claimed were launched in preparation to target US military bases in…

The Ainu People and Japan – Recognition over Reconciliation

The upcoming 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo have led to the Japanese government to implement policies and campaigns that have emphasized Japan’s international role in the world and growing acceptance of diversity. Whether it be rising public acceptance of biracial…

For Whom the Bell Tolls- the TPP and Donald Trump

Donald Trump may be a man of many words, or “the best words”, but when it comes to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) he is certainly a man of his word. In a move that surprised few President Trump withdrew…

Why can’t Japan join the Chinese ‘New Silk Road’?

The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a forum for 21 Pacific Rim member states. APEC seeks to promote free trade and economic cooperation throughout the Asia-Pacific region. In addition to a number of meetings that are organized every month…

Neo-Nationalism in the Far East: A Cause for Concern?

Neo-nationalism seeks to define new ways to advocate and preserve a national ethos. Unfortunately, in some instances, neo-nationalism seems rooted on an unfounded sense of righteous purity and authenticity. In the Far East, the latest debacle surrounding the Yasukuni Shrine…

China and Japan in Anarchy: A Neorealist and Constructivist Explanation of the Kurihara Island Conflict

On September 11th, 2012, China issued a statement explaining its claim to sovereignty over a group of islands in the East China Sea, despite the fact that the Japanese government had announced its intention to purchase the islands from private…