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Here’s How the Trump Presidency will Play Out

The Trump era starts now – with geopolitics and geoeconomics set for a series of imminent, unpredictable cliffhangers. I have argued that Trump’s foreign policy guru Henry Kissinger’s strategy to deal with the formidable Eurasia integration trio – Russia, China and Iran – is a remixed Divide and Rule; seduce Russia away from its strategic … Continue reading Here’s How the Trump Presidency will Play Out

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Quiet Since WWII, Japan Begins $44 Billion Re-Militarization to Confront China

The days of post-World War II pacifism in Japan are more or less over. The Japanese government has announced it will bolster its coast guard capabilities to defend disputed islands in the East China Sea. China also claims and regularly patrols these islands. The coast guard budget is expected to reach a record of 210 billion … Continue reading Quiet Since WWII, Japan Begins $44 Billion Re-Militarization to Confront China

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On the Japan-China “Rail Wars”

There were several important outcomes of the previous three-day visit made by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Japan (from November 10 to November 12, 2016), but it is the Cooperation Agreement on the development of high-speed railway transport that attracts particular attention. It, alongside other facts that have emerged over the past few years, … Continue reading On the Japan-China “Rail Wars”

A Chinese military plane H-6 bomber © Joint Staff Office of the Defense Ministry of Japan / Reuters

Japan Scrambles Jets as Chinese Warplanes Fly Near Okinawa

The Chinese military has conducted air force drills in the western Pacific close to Beijing’s regional rivals Japan and Taiwan on Friday and Saturday. The Japanese Air Force scrambled fighter jets to shadow the Chinese planes. On Friday, Chinese military planes flew through the Bashi Channel that separates Taiwan and the Philippines. Later on Saturday, … Continue reading Japan Scrambles Jets as Chinese Warplanes Fly Near Okinawa

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Japanese Troops Deploy to South Sudan Risking First Overseas Conflict Since World War 2

The move risks pulling the troops into conflict for the first time in more than seven decades. The re-miliarization of Japan has been on my radar and caused me much concern in recent years. I’ve covered the topic on several occasions, with the most recent example published over the summer in the post, Japanese Government Shifts Further … Continue reading Japanese Troops Deploy to South Sudan Risking First Overseas Conflict Since World War 2

A giant sinkhole (R), measuring around 30 metres (98 feet) wide and 15 metres deep, which appeared in a five-lane street in the middle of the Japanese city of Fukuoka on November 8, 2016 and of the same section of road (L) after repairs were made on November 15. © JiJi Press / AFP

Giant Japanese Sinkhole Fixed in 48hrs as City Gets Back on Track

A massive sinkhole which swallowed up a five-lane street in Fukuoka, Japan less than a week ago has been fixed in an astonishing two days. The 30-meter (98ft) gaping hole was created on November 8 when excavation on an underground train tunnel in the center of Fukuoka caused the roadway to suddenly collapse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMLWjGv-Mx0 Nobody … Continue reading Giant Japanese Sinkhole Fixed in 48hrs as City Gets Back on Track

A Japanese F-15J at Yokota Air Base. Wikimedia Commons/Creative

Why Japan is Expanding Its Military in Africa

Sitting astride the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, which separates the Red Sea from the Indian Ocean and sees 30 percent of the world’s shipping traffic, Djibouti has become the center of geostrategic competition in Africa in recent years. China’s bid to build its first military base in the small desert nation made headlines late last year, … Continue reading Why Japan is Expanding Its Military in Africa