Japan’s pacifism and America’s gun culture: Views from a Global Classmates Summit participant

Categories: Sasakawa USA Blog

Shun Wetlesen, a freshman studying at Pacific University, participated in the Global Classmates Summit held in Washington, D.C. from July 26 to August 4. In this piece for the Sasakawa USA blog, he writes about how a summit session at Sasakawa USA inspired a discussion about Japanese pacifism and U.S. gun culture among the participants.

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Public remains undecided on constitutional revision

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse, Sasakawa USA Blog

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe indicated that he would prioritize the revision of Japan’s constitution by 2020, reordering the political agenda and staking his government on the pursuit of the prime minister’s longtime goal. Yet, the need to win a referendum means that public opinion will cast a shadow over the entire process

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Overhauling Japan’s “Postwar Diplomacy”

Author: Ogoura Kazuo

Categories: In-Depth with Nippon.com

The 70th year of the postwar period was marked by a new war anniversary statement and enactment of new security laws that Japan’s allies welcomed and neighbors criticized. It is time, Ogoura Kazuo argues, for Japan to move beyond “postwar diplomacy” in keeping with changing international realities.

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