4/21/16 Many of you have followed the reports about Secretary of State Kerry’s meeting with other G-7 foreign ministers in Hiroshima. It was long on photo ops and symbolism, but totally lacking in recognizing the human consequences of nuclear weapons or making progress toward nuclear disarmament.
4/14/16 The foreign ministry summoned top diplomatic representatives from the Group of Seven (G7) advanced economies to protest against a statement issued by their foreign ministers this week on territorial disputes in the East and South China seas.
4/13/16 Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reiterated his nation’s hard-line stance that keeps a long-standing territorial dispute with Japan separate from negotiations for a bilateral peace treaty.
4/13/16 Defense officials from the Philippines and Vietnam were to meet this week to explore possible joint exercises and navy patrols, military sources said, shoring up a new alliance between states locked in maritime rows with China.
4/3/16 In a symbolic first, the foreign ministers of nuclear powers in the Group of Seven will visit a peace park marking the 1945 atomic bombing on this western Japan city when they gather here this month.
3/12/16 The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met Friday with Gil Won-ok, one of the less than 50 surviving victims of Japan’s wartime military-run brothel system known as “comfort women.”
2/22/16 This holiday season, Bostonians came together to learn about the Japanese Constitution, in which Japan renounces war as a means of settling international disputes. Unfortunately, the Japanese government is trying to reinterpret Article 9, against the will of over 50% of Japanese, so Japan can once again go to war. Here is what Bostonians had to say to Japanese fighting to protect Article 9.
US Military Commander Says America Should Challenge China’s Claims in South China Sea; Beijing Expresses Concern
9/18/15 The commander of US forces in the Pacific said ahead of a visit by President Xi Jinping to Washington that America should challenge China’s claim to territory in the South China Sea by patrolling close to artificial islands built by Beijing.
Differentiating SEALDs from Freeters, and Precariats: The Politics of Youth Movements in Contemporary Japan
9/14/15 As a student movement, SEALDs (Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy) is often compared with the ANPO student movements of the 1960s and 1970s by media, outside observers, and the members themselves. The comparison is obvious since SEALDs has been able to politically mobilize large numbers of youth to a degree so far unseen since the AMPO period, and both movements are concerned, at least in part, with security treaties with the United States and Japan’s global role. Yet, SEALDs is also contrasted with, and works hard to distinguish itself from ANPO in an effort to differentiates itself from this legacy. While it is valuable to compare SEALDs with the student activism of ANPO, it is also import to recognize SEALDs positioning within the broader social movement scene in contemporary Japan.