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Fire on the City Gate: Why China Keeps North Korea Close

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Fire on the City Gate: Why China Keeps North Korea Close International Crisis Group Executive Summary China tolerates the nuclear ambitions of North Korea (the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, DPRK) for now because its interests in the neighbourhood are much wider and more complex than this single issue. Beijing and the West often work […]

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North Korea and Purge within the Elites: Chaos, Stability or Guesswork?

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North Korea and Purge within the Elites: Chaos, Stability or Guesswork? Ri Kuk-Chol and Jay Doggett Modern Tokyo Times North Korea is once more hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons after the brutal murder of Chang Song-Thaek. Various opinions are now circulating which cover the entire spectrum. For example, many specialists are stating […]

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Bunjinga (Nanga) and the impact of China and Korea upon Japanese Art: Edo Period

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Bunjinga (Nanga) and the impact of China and Korea within the Art World of Japan: Edo Period Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Bunjinga school of thought ran deep within the literati of Japan during the Edo period. Bunjin (literati) artists trace their artistic roots to the literati of China during the Song Dynasty (960-1267). However, the differences […]

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Nuclear Test by North Korea and need for a Quietist Japan: US and South Korea condemn Pyongyang

Nuclear Test by North Korea and need for a Quietist Japan: US and South Korea condemn Pyongyang Joachim de Villiers and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times North Korea is once more being deemed to be involved in international brinkmanship according to reports that stress that this nation successfully carried out a nuclear test underground. […]

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China, Japan and South Korea continue to be stuck in the past: 2012 and petty nationalism

China, Japan and South Korea continue to be stuck in the past: 2012 and petty nationalism Hiroshi Saito and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The continent of Europe witnessed countless convulsions throughout the twentieth century but despite the recent economic downturn, the European Union (EU) remains to be a powerful bridge which can eradicate […]

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North Korea and its stance towards America, Japan and South Korea

North Korea and its stance towards America, Japan and South Korea  Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The shadow of North Korea hangs over northeast Asia and it is easy for America, Japan, and South Korea, to blame this nation for countless ills.  However, just like a battered child which is abused and humiliated; then […]

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Missile Defense System, US, NATO, Japan and the role of the Russian Federation

Missile Defense System, US, NATO, Japan and the role of the Russian Federation Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The two-party system in America which maintains the endless power mechanisms century after century, finds it difficult to support a world based on special interests. Instead, irrespective if a Democratic government or Republican […]

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