Author: Al Jazeera's Inside Story
Categories: In the News
The horrific murder of an Okinawan woman by an American has stirred large-scale protests in opposition to the United States’ large military presence on the island, but the strategic value of the island “cannot be underestimated” when considering calls to remove American bases, Sasakawa USA’s distinguished non-resident fellow Tomohiko Taniguchi said while appearing on Al
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Author: Tobias Harris
Categories: Japan Political Pulse
Two recent polls show that the Japanese cabinet’s approval is once again in what can be described as a “softening” cycle. New polls by the Yomiuri Shimbun and the Mainichi Shimbun both showed headline approval falling. In the case of Yomiuri, the fall was slight, 52% to 49%. Mainichi recorded a sharper fall: the cabinet’s approval fell nine points to 42% and its disapproval rose eight points to 38%.
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Author: The Sekai Nippo
The strategic importance of Okinawa, the next steps needed to strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance and the status of Japan-Korea relations are among a wide range of issues Sasakawa USA’s Jeffrey Hornung discusses in a three-part Q&A series in the The Sekai Nippo that ran from January 31 to February 2.
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Author: The New York Times
A New York Times editorial from January 22, 2016 references “U.S. Bases in Okinawa: What Must Be Done, and Quickly,” a report by Sasakawa USA Chairman Admiral Dennis Blair and Sasakawa Fellow James Kendall, as “new thinking that could potentially reduce the friction and pry the [Okinawa] plan out of its political vise.”
Categories: Sasakawa USA Blog
About 50 people gathered to attend a breakfast event last Thursday morning to introduce and talk in-depth on U.S. Bases in Japan, the subject of a new report authored by Sasakawa USA CEO and Chairman Admiral Dennis Blair and Fellow Lt. Col. James Kendall. Lt. Gen. Wallace “Chip” Gregson, who authored an introduction to the