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Interpreting Abe’s War Anniversary Statement

On August 14, 2015, Prime Minister Abe issued a statement on the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II. Three Nippon.com advisory board members who played key roles in drafting the report on which the statement was based discuss its significance, overseas reaction, and likely impact on East Asian relations.

The World of “Wagyū”: Aussie Challengers Closest to Perfecting Japanese-Style Beef

The highly marbled meat yielded by Japan’s coddled beef cattle occupies a special place in Japanese cuisine. And the worldwide boom in Japanese dining is spawning a surge in demand for the tender beef. Wagyū (literally “Japanese cattle”) has entered the culinary lexicon in a growing number of nations. The expanding market for wagyū beef has prompted livestock growers in Australia to emulate the pr…

Confronting China’s Island-Building CampaignKōda Yōji

Chinese land reclamation efforts in the South China Sea are turning reefs into islands with ports and runways. As China pushes forward with its attempt to establish unilateral sovereignty over the sea, how should Japan respond in coordination with the United States and countries in the region?

Asian-Americans and Japan’s History IssuesDavid Leheny

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō’s speech to a joint session of Congress during his recent US visit was well received, not least due to his expressions of remorse for World War II with reference to battles in which US soldiers were killed. Lukewarm statements regarding wartime atrocities in Asia, however, could also go beyond regional politics and affect US-Japan relations. Because so many Asian-Americans are among those engaged in Japanese studies, insufficient concern for Asian sentiments risks alienating potential students and diminishing future US interest in Japan.

Japan’s Long Wait for US Congress Invitation

When Prime Minister Abe Shinzō addresses a joint session of the US Congress on April 29, 2015, he will become the first Japanese leader ever to do so. Since 1874, there have been over 100 addresses to the full Congress by foreign leaders, so why has it taken so long for Japan to win its turn?

Japan’s Post–World War I Foreign Policy: The Quest for a Cooperative ApproachSakurai Ryōju

In the wake of World War I, Japan shifted its foreign policy stance, particularly with regard to China, turning away from imperialism and seeking to act in concert with the other great powers. Historian Sakurai Ryōju explains the events and thinking behind this shift.

The Japan-US Security Partnership: An Overview

In a region home to a China whose military and economic might is on the rise and an unpredictable North Korea, the US alliance with Japan is more significant than ever. President Obama’s visit this month shed light on a Japan-US alliance that has grown tighter and stronger in recent years.

Japan and the Ukraine CrisisKawatō Akio

The volatile situation in Ukraine has forced itself onto the agenda for US President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to Japan. Former diplomat Kawatō Akio gives his views on how Japan should respond to Russia’s actions and what it should aim to achieve in the summit meeting.

Eurasian Diplomacy in Japan, 1997–2001Tōgō Kazuhiko

With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of China in the 1990s, Japan’s leaders recognized the need for a more independent foreign policy adapted to the realities of the post–Cold War era. “Eurasian diplomacy” played a crucial role in this transition, as related by a former top Foreign Ministry official closely involved in the policy’s development and implementation under three successive LDP prime ministers.

China’s Rise in a Shifting World Economy: Divergence Between the East Asian and Global ViewsShiraishi Takashi

Happy New Year from Nippon.com. We look forward to your readership over the year to come. As we start 2014, I would like to write about some major long-term developments, namely, the ongoing shift in the world economy and the rise of China. First I would ask you to look at the table below, which presents the changing shares of some major countries and groups of countries in the world economy fr…

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