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December 19, 2016

China Steers a Perilous Course in the South China Sea

China has risked isolating itself internationally with its high-handed conduct in the South China Sea. Bonji Ohara looks at the ...

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November 01, 2016

China’s Senkaku Incursion in Perspective
Byproducts of a Dysfunctional System

The unprecedented entry of a Chinese naval vessel into the seas around the Senkaku Islands last June elicited a raft ...

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July 19, 2016

The Fallout from the South China Sea Ruling

The recent ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration rejecting China’s historic claims to much of the South China Sea ...

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November 16, 2015

Can America’s Hedging Strategy Last?

Washington is pursuing a hedging strategy toward Beijing in the hopes of accruing the benefits of cooperation while avoiding the ...

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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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June 11, 2015

Japan’s Difficult Choices in Navigating Its Ties with Russia

Despite the souring of Japan-Russia relations following the Ukrainian crisis, there are growing signs that Russian President Putin could visit ...

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May 07, 2015

The Abe Government’s Security Bills
Time for a Responsible Debate

With voices in Japan and neighboring countries expressing concern over the Abe cabinet’s plans to legislate a more flexible defense ...

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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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February 16, 2015

New Directions for Chinese Diplomacy?

The government of Xi Jinping continues to send mixed signals on foreign policy, now flexing its muscles in the East ...

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