Commentary & Analysis

Pacific Trident III: The Strengths and Weaknesses of the US Alliance System under Gray Zone Operations

Author: John Hemmings

Categories: Tabletop Exercise

In this reflection piece, Dr. John Hemmings gives his insights as an observer of the Pacific Trident III Tabletop Exercise, noting what he observed were the main concerns of the participants and the applicability of the game play to real-world scenarios. He analyzes some of the principal strengths of the U.S. alliance system during the game, as well as its principal weaknesses.

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My Vision for the Japan-U.S. Alliance After COVID-19

Author: General Shigeru Iwasaki

Categories: A Vision for Post COVID-19 U.S.-Japan Relations

When did this virus start infecting people? That has yet to be precisely determined, but at present, it seems the infection started sometime between November and December of 2019. Initially, China reported that only animal-to-human transmission was possible and not human-to-human transmission, but when we examine the scope of the infection, the latter has clearly become undeniable. If there is no human-to-human transmission then containment of the infection can be relatively easy, but containment becomes incredibly difficult once human-to-human infection occurs due to the mobility of our modern society. Due to advances in technology, humans can almost cross the world in as little as 12 hours. Tracing a disease that spans oceans and continents remains an insurmountable burden.

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Japan’s Response to the Issue of Climate Change: An Innovative Transition Towards a Zero-Carbon and Resilient Society

Author: Kazuo Matsushita

Categories: Japan Looking Ahead

Since climate change is accelerating more rapidly than previously thought, we must swiftly take more robust action. At the same time, investment in sustainable energy sources, clean energy technologies, and infrastructure brings opportunities for innovation, sustainable and inclusive growth, competitiveness, and job creation. Accelerating the virtuous cycle of environmental protection and economic growth is urgent. As an advanced international economy, Japan has to take the lead in this endeavor.

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Activating the U.S.-Japan Alliance in 2020 – Starting with Medicines and Trade

Author: Ambassador Kurt Tong

Categories: A Vision for Post COVID-19 U.S.-Japan Relations

The close alliance of the United States and Japan has made significant and positive contributions in tackling a variety of regional and global issues over the years. Now, facing the special challenges of 2020 and the coronavirus epidemic, can this powerful partnership once again be put to work to the benefit of broader humankind?

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Can Japan Achieve Net-Zero Emissions? Climate Change Policy Developments in Japan and Its Implications

Author: Yasuko Kameyama

Categories: Japan Looking Ahead

At the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Japan was harshly criticized by NGOs. Why? By answering this question, this article intends to (i) briefly go through the history of Japan’s responses to the  climate change problem and the factors that motivated such responses, (ii) examine how climate change is likely to affect Japan and its people, and (iii) forecast how Japan could overcome obstacles to take more ambitious actions towards achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

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