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Vietnam Cozies Up to Japan in South China Sea Strategy

Vietnam is again building up ties with other countries to help its territorial claim in the South China Sea, this time dispatching the chief of its ruling Communist Party for talks in Japan this week. General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, who arrives in Tokyo on Tuesday, in recent months has played a noticeably more visible

Japan urges North Korea to refrain from provocative action

Japan urged North Korea on Tuesday to refrain from taking provocative action and said Japan would continue to cooperate with the United States and South Korea. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the Japanese government’s top spokesman, told a news conference that North Korea should also comply with U.N. Security Council resolutions. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/09/15/uk-japan-northkorea-suga-idUKKCN0RF04G20150915

In Japan, protests intensify as vote nears on ‘war bills’

On and off for weeks now, Kumiko Yokoi has been singing in front of Japan’s house of parliament and elsewhere. The tune is “Love Me Tender,” but Yokoi has rewritten the lyrics to harangue Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for his military policy and efforts to reinterpret Japan’s pacifist Constitution, among other things. “When Abe was

What Washington Can Learn From Japan’s Domestic Policy Agenda

Commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II have again reminded the world of the extraordinary progress East Asia has made since 1945. Astute observers have also noted the critical role that the U.S.-Japan alliance played in providing the stability necessary for the region to prosper throughout the second half of

Japan launches flat-top destroyer, strengthening its fleet

YOKOHAMA, Japan — Japan on Thursday launched the helicopter destroyer Kaga, the second version of the largest ship the nation has produced since World War II. Kaga’s completion at Japan Marine United’s Yokohama Isogo plant gives Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force two Izumo-class helicopter destroyers, alongside two smaller Hyuga-class destroyers.