Another Chapter in the Chronicles of the Trade War between Japan and South Korea
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Another Chapter in the Chronicles of the Trade War between Japan and South Korea

The tense relations between Seoul and Tokyo are a constant subject of the author’s attention, and his most recent piece on the topic addressed how the issue of forced labor has been added on top of that about Korean comfort women.  After all – in comparison with fifteen grandmothers – they went through a lot…

From Five Eyes to Six? Japan’s Push to Join the West’s Intelligence Alliance
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From Five Eyes to Six? Japan’s Push to Join the West’s Intelligence Alliance

As tensions with China continue to grow, Japan is making moves to join the “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing alliance. This week, Japan’s ambassador to Australia, Shingo Yamagami, told The Sydney Morning Herald he was “optimistic” about his country coming on board. [I] would like to see this idea become reality in the near future. This comes…

U.S. Will Attempt to Push India and Japan to Take Action Against Myanmar
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U.S. Will Attempt to Push India and Japan to Take Action Against Myanmar

The United Nations Security Council expressed concern in a February 4 statement about the state of emergency in Myanmar, as well as the arrest of political leaders. The statement called for the immediate release of all detainees and the safe and unobstructed access of humanitarian aid to those in need, whilst at the same time reaffirming…

What Explains COVID’s East-West Divide?
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What Explains COVID’s East-West Divide?

COVID-19 has been ruthless in choosing winners and losers around the world. The obvious “losers” have been those countries led by right-wing nationalists: Brazil, India, Russia, the United Kingdom, and (until recently) the United States. These five countries are responsible for more than half of the world’s coronavirus infections and nearly half the deaths. Just…

Gathering Against China
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Gathering Against China

NATO 2030; United for a New Era, the recent policy paper produced by the U.S.-NATO military alliance, selects two main enemies, which of course it protests aren’t enemies at all, merely countries that threaten the world and will have to be dealt with. It is not mentioned that Russia and China are both embarked on…