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US Ambassador caught in the “Eye of the Japanese Political Storm” in Okinawa

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US Ambassador caught in the “Eye of the Japanese Political Storm” in Okinawa  Michiyo Tanabe and Helmet Joachim Schmidt  Modern Tokyo Times The American ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, entered the “eye of the Japanese political storm” in Okinawa. Indeed, while great emphasis is being put on America, it is clear that the finger should […]

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China’s East China Sea ADIZ: Framing Japan to Help Washington Understand

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China’s East China Sea ADIZ: Framing Japan to Help Washington Understand By: Peter Mattis The Jamestown Foundation  On November 23, Beijing announced that a new Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) would go into effect over the East China Sea, overlapping existing Japanese and South Korean ADIZ, requiring all air traffic passing through the zone to file […]

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Japan responds calmly to China and its unilateral stance which is unwarranted

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Japan responds calmly to China and its unilateral stance which is unwarranted Hiroshi Saito and Jay Doggett Modern Tokyo Times   Japan is responding calmly towards the provocations of China by making it clear that dialogue is the best solution to the ongoing dispute in the East China Sea. At the same time Japan is […]

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China blunders: America, Japan and South Korea ignore new air defense zone

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China blunders: America, Japan and South Korea ignore new air defense zone Joachim de Villiers and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The elites in China have installed a unilateral “air-defense identification zone” in the East China Sea without the substance to back-up their estranged policy. In other words, to paraphrase Mao Zedong, China is […]

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Japan, China and a hornet’s nest from Beijing: Senkaku/Diaoyu and unmanned drones

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Japan, China and a hornet’s nest from Beijing: Senkaku/Diaoyu and unmanned drones Michiyo Tanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The disputed territory of Ryukyu between China and Japan must appear somewhat ironic to the indigenous people of Okinawa. This is based on the assertiveness that Senkaku according to Japanese terminology but named Diaoyu […]

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China rebuffs Japan over Territorial Dispute: Do the people of Okinawa and Tibet count?

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China rebuffs Japan over Territorial Dispute: Do the people of Okinawa and Tibet count? Hiroshi Saito and Joachim de Villiers Modern Tokyo Times The Deputy Foreign Minister of China, Li Baodong, is adamant that now is not the right time to talk about the territorial issue with Japan. It appears that Japan had hoped to […]

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Okinawa Culture in Japan: Shisa Continue to Protect from Evil Spirits

Okinawa Culture in Japan: Shisa Continue to Protect from Evil Spirits  Tomoko Hara and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Modern day Okinawa (Ryukyu) still manages to preserve many special cultural traits despite the power of Japanese culture impacting greatly. Indeed, many mainland Japanese nationals who have relocated to this part of Japan have also […]

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US and Japan holding military exercises: People of Okinawa are being marginalized

US and Japan holding military exercises: People of Okinawa are being marginalized Joachim de Villiers, Hiroshi Saito and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The United States and Japan are currently holding military exercises which will last until November 16. Yet the biennial military exercise called Keen Sword appears to show a lack of sensitivity […]

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Japan and China and the Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute witnesses a quiet America

Japan and China and the Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute witnesses a quiet America       Pierre Leblanc and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The United States under President Obama is at pains to distance itself from the ongoing and never ending saga of Senkaku/Diaoyu. Japan and China continue to clash over this issue and Taiwan is also waiting […]

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