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Japan Finds Document on Earliest Landing on Senkakus (News)

Tokyo (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government has announced the discovery of a document indicating that royal family members of the Ryūkyū Kingdom, which ruled the islands southwest of Japan including today’s Okinawa, landed on the Senkaku Islands in 1819, the oldest recorded visit to the Japanese-administered islands. The documented visit precedes that of a Briton in 1845, previously considered t…
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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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Trump’s Secretary of State Pick Reaffirms Protection of Japan’s Senkakus (News)

Washington, Jan. 11 (Jiji Press)—US Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson expressed intention Wednesday to defend the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands against Chinese aggression, if any, based on the Japan-US security treaty. "We have longstanding ally commitments with Japan and South Korea in the area, and I think we would respond in accordance with those (security) accords," Tillerson…
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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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Making Waves: Chinese Response to the South China Sea CaseKōda Yōji

On July 12, 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled against Chinese actions in the South China Sea. During the previous month, China carried out a number of low-level provocations in the East China Sea in an attempt to distract global attention.
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Timeline for June 2016

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō postpones the consumption tax hike, Tokyo Governor Masuzoe Yōichi resigns, and campaigning begins for the House of Councillors election. Look back at the main stories of June 2016.
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Get Ready: China-Japan Tensions Set to Flare over East China SeaJeffrey Hornung

China has been raising blood pressures for some time over its actions in the South China Sea. From its aggressive advocacy of territorial and jurisdictional claims to its expansive land reclamation activities, there are “serious questions about Chinese intentions,” says Admiral Harry Harris, Commander of United States Pacific Command. However, the attention given to events in the Sout…
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The Okinawa Issue and East Asian SecurityOkamoto Yukio

The knotty problem of relocating US Marines Air Station Futenma in Okinawa casts a shadow over prospects for the US military presence there. Meanwhile, China’s expansionist strategy presents a major challenge for Japan and the United States. Respected foreign policy commentator Okamoto Yukio explains the background and regional implications.
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The Opposition Stance on Security Policy

Nagashima Akihisa, an expert on security issues from the Democratic Party of Japan, explains that while the top opposition party cannot go along with the security legislation proposed by the Abe administration, it does not totally reject the idea of exercising the right of collective self-defense.
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Being Both Bambi and GodzillaGiulio Pugliese

In 2009, the international relations scholar John Mearsheimer famously quipped that in the dangerous world of international politics, “it is better for states to be Godzilla than Bambi.” According to him, China’s continued military rise and its quest for regional hegemony constitute a natural insurance policy for maximizing its security and defending its interests. Fast-forward to late 2012, wh…
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