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Molding young minds about peace and things ‘rightly Japanese’

Japanese students from Niigata High School visiting Charmant High School in Morris Plains, NJ, in March 2013.

Special to By Donald Kirk, The Japanese don’t take kindly to people telling them what they should and shouldn’t teach. “As a sovereign nation, any country should be responsible for what to teach and how to teach it,” an experienced teacher in Japan told me when asked about this textbook controversy that so [...]

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All indicators point to heightened Japan-China tensions during the Year of the Horse

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Special to By Willy Lam, Diplomatic tension between China and Japan is set to escalate to new heights during the Year of the Horse. July 25 marks the 120th anniversary of the start of the first Sino-Japanese War in 1894, and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership is expected to hold a series [...]

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Dueling state visit tours by China, Japan target Africa’s 54 nations

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Ethiopian counterpart Tedros Adhanom in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Jan 6. /Reuters/Tiksa Negeri

Special to By Willy Lam, Vicious competition between Asia’s two most powerful countries has spread to Africa, where China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are trying to woo the continent of 54 nations. On Jan. 6, Wang began a tour of Ethiopia, Djibouti, Ghana and Senegal. Meanwhile, Abe [...]

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Turkey counters Japanese media reports on uranium enrichment option

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) talks with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a banquet hosted by Abe at the state guest house in Tokyo on Jan. 7. /Reuters/Kimimasa Mayama

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Special to ANKARA — Turkey has ruled out the prospect of enriching uranium as part of its nuclear program. Officials said the government of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan would not develop uranium enrichment capability. The officials said Erdogan, accompanied by a large government and business delegation, did not reach agreement with Japan to produce [...]

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Beijing preparing to declare economic war on Japan’s Prime Minister Abe

A Shinto priest leads Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he visits the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Dec. 26.  /AFP/Toru Yamanaka

Special to By Willy Lam, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave the Chinese leadership a much-appreciated Christmas present when he unexpectedly paid a formal visit to the Yasukuni Shrine — where 14 Class-A WWII criminals are honored — on Dec. 26. Abe’s perceived support of quasi-militaristic goals has elicited a tidal wave of [...]

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In East Asia, Japan is on the move … away from ‘rising China’

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Sol W. Sanders   Rather suddenly there is a welter of developments turning Asia’s dozen-odd countries into a cat’s cradle of conflicting interests — some new — that could lead to war. Central, of course, is “a rising” China. The Chinese, themselves, have given up the phrase “a peaceful rising”. That was a promise that [...]

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War’s darkening shadows: Japan girds for a showdown with China

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits the Yasukuni war shrine in Tokyo on Dec. 26.

Special to By Donald Kirk, The shadows of war hang more menacingly over Northeast Asia at the opening of a brave new year than they have at any time since, well, since the last time the region was edging into armed conflict. That might be since the Korean mini-crisis of nearly a year [...]

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State of the world that Obama hath wrought


Sol W. Sanders   The Obama Administration’s foreign policy begins to look like that tightly wound ball of crocheting thread which the kitten has been playing with for several hours and is now finally completely unraveling. How innocent the kitty is may be a question in the eye of the beholder. But the disarray is [...]

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USA lags again on global report card as East Asia runs away from the pack

Graduation at Chaoyang University of Technology in Taiwan.

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — While final exams and the end of the semester are fast approaching for students across America, there’s an early report card which was just delivered with grades for math, reading, and science. Regrettably students in the United States don’t rate terribly well against their global peers, especially those in [...]

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Japan’s unreported conservative revolution led by its understated PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Sol W. Sanders   In a world of moldering journalism, nothing quite equals the inadequacies of the reporting about Japan. Despite this short shrift, Japan remains the U.S.’ most important relationship in Asia — especially as China is increasingly seen as an adversary and with an unpredictable North Korea. It is an important trading partner [...]

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