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March 09, 2017

The Emperor Initiates an Important Conversation

Emperor Akihito’s rare televised address to the nation last August made news primarily as a statement of the aging monarch’s ...

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February 07, 2017

Historical Reconciliation Revisited
The Abe Statement and the Way Forward

In August 2016, one year after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s historic statement commemorating the seventieth anniversary of the end of ...

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December 22, 2016

The Significance of Abe’s Pearl Harbor Visit

The visit to Pearl Harbor by Prime Minister Abe is a powerful reaffirmation of the importance of the Japan-US security ...

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November 30, 2015

Is Historical Reconciliation Possible?
A Seventieth Anniversary Assessment (2)

On July 6, 2015, with Prime Minister Abe’s much-anticipated 70th Anniversary Statement in the offing, the Tokyo Foundation held a ...

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November 11, 2015

Is Historical Reconciliation Possible?
A Seventieth Anniversary Assessment (1)

On July 6, 2015, with Prime Minister Abe’s much-anticipated seventieth anniversary statement in the offing, the ninety-fifth Tokyo Foundation Forum ...

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October 07, 2015

Compromise Possible on the Northern Territories

The Northern Territories are not part of the Kuril Islands but are the inherent territories of Japan and have never ...

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October 05, 2015

Abe’s 70th Anniversary Statement: Historical Realism, not Revisionism

Prime Minister Abe's statement on the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II turned out to be less ...

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August 06, 2015

The Objectives of Japan’s New Security Legislation

The security-related legislation submitted by the government of Prime Minister Abe has become very controversial, both in Japan and elsewhere. ...

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April 08, 2015

Is East Asia Headed for War?
Lessons from World War I

Rising tensions in East Asia have fueled concerns that the ongoing power shift in the region could climax in a ...

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February 25, 2015

Post-Summit Prognosis for Japan-China Relations

Japan and China made an important step toward rapprochement last November, when their top leaders sat down for the first ...

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