The Remilitarization of Japan, Explained

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is setting the country on course for remilitarization, much to the exasperation of Japan's wartime enemies, China and South Korea. On Wednesday, May 3, the outgoing nationalist Abe declared that he hopes to see a revised constitution implemented by 2020, when Tokyo is set to host the Olympics. The proclamation underscored what many have …

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Izumo Joins US Fleet

A month and a half ago, we briefly mentioned the Japanese light aircraft carrier Izumo in connection with the acceleration of political processes on the Asia-Pacific region. Then, the reason for reiterating this platitudinous epigram was the information (circulated by Reuters, which cited certain sources at the headquarters of the Japanese Navy) concerning the forthcoming three-month …

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Russia Raises Defense Alert after North Korea Launches Missile

Russia raised the level of alert for its air defense system just a few hours after North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday and after Washington and Moscow clashed at the UN over a possible military conflict on the Korean Peninsular." The North Korean missile exploded shortly after launch, US and South Korean officials …

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New Snowden Leaks Reveal Secret Deals between Japan and NSA

New papers released by whistleblower Edward Snowden, and published by The Intercept, reveal that Japan made secret deals with the NSA – with one document noting that the agency's relationship with Tokyo goes back to the 1950s. The information, published in collaboration with Japanese news outlet NHK on Monday, states that Japan has allowed the …

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Where Salman’s ‘Pivot East’ Will Take Saudi Arabia?

Last year could hardly be described as the best period in the bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and the United States, since the interests of these two players have shifted dramatically over the years. Today, Washington and Riyadh occupy different positions on such important topics as Syria, Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Egypt, the so-called “democratization” …

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