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South Korea: Under Pressure from Washington and Beijing and Sharply Divided as Its Presidential Election ApproachesSumida Takushi

As North Korea pushes ahead with its nuclear and missile development programs, the new administration in Washington is taking a hard line, suggesting that even a military strike is among the options. South Korean President Park Geun-hye was removed from office in March, and the campaign to choose her successor in the upcoming May 9 election has heated up. Public opinion is sharply split with regard to defense and foreign policy. Meanwhile, the government in Seoul is effectively paralyzed.
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When Trumpism Met the East Asian WallTeshima Ryūichi

In his summit with Prime Minister Abe Shinzō, President Donald Trump shifted his East Asian security and diplomatic policy back toward the standard course set by his predecessors. Journalist Teshima Ryūichi takes a look at what Trump’s promises to defend the Senkakus and adhere to the “one China” policy mean for the East Asian diplomatic scene.
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Japanese Hotel Chain under Chinese Criticism over History Books (News)

Beijing, Jan. 17 (Jiji Press)—A Japanese hotel chain has come under fire from Chinese people following a posting on a Chinese microblogging site arguing that books in rooms of the chain's hotels deny the 1937 Nanjing Massacre by then Imperial Japanese Army. The hotel chain operator, Apa Group, said in a statement on Tuesday that it has no plans to remove the books from hotel rooms just because …
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US-China Relations Under the Trump Administration: A View from TokyoKawashima Shin

East Asia expert Kawashima Shin reviews America’s China policy under Obama and considers the prospects for relations between Washington and Beijing under Trump, along with the implications for Japan.
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Chinese Aircraft Carrier Enters Western Pacific (News)

Beijing, Dec. 25 (Jiji Press)—Chinese warships including the aircraft carrier Liaoning Sunday entered the western Pacific through waters between the main island of Okinawa Prefecture and Miyako Island, also in Okinawa, the Japanese Defense Ministry said. In addition, a patrol helicopter from a frigate accompanying the Liaoning flew as close as 10 kilometers from Japanese airspace over Miyako, l…
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As Regions Age, Shopping Centers Strive to AdaptKawamura Keitarō

“Shuttered shopping districts” are on the rise across Japan as aged storekeepers with no successors are forced to close down instead. The city of Shūnan in Yamaguchi Prefecture has managed to rebuild its community and revitalize its shopping district by supporting new stores opened by returnees and new arrivals to the city.
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The Hangzhou G20 Summit and Developments in Sino-Japanese RelationsShiroyama Hidemi

As host of this year’s G20 summit, China deployed adroit diplomacy to keep the South China Sea from coming up as a discussion topic. Meanwhile it continues to vigorously press its claim to Japan’s Senkaku Islands. Japan should conduct strategic PR to convey its message directly to the Chinese people.
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Fomenting Filial Piety amid Changing Lifestyles in ChinaWan Yi

Gathering to celebrate the Spring Festival (lunar new year) and other celebrations as a family is a longstanding Chinese tradition, but an increasing number of people in major cities do not go home for the holidays at all. The Chinese Law on Protection of the Rights and Interest of the Elderly aims to halt this trend and promote filial piety by making regular visits to parents a legal obligation, but will this strategy succeed?
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Filial Piety Obligatory in a Dramatically Aging Chinese SocietyWan Yi

The duty of grown children to “support and assist their parents” is written into the Chinese Constitution. The idea has deep roots in Chinese culture; in fact, an ancient saying holds that filial piety is preeminent among virtues. However, as demographic trends in China mirror those seen in Japan, the aging of the Chinese population is driving major changes in the context in which filial piety is performed and even in views on what constitutes a happy household and other value systems.
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Timeline for August 2016

Emperor Akihito expresses a desire to abdicate in a video message and Japan wins a record number of medals at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. These are the leading news stories of August 2016.
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