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Jeff Kingston, Extremists Flourish in Abe's Japan
Nov. 20, 2014:
Jeff Kingston on the prevalence of extremist speech and action in Abe's Japan.
Daniel Broudy, Maki Sunagawa, Selling the Henoko Base and the Future of Okinawa: Propaganda, Government Plans and ‘Development’
Nov. 10, 2014:
Maki Sunagawa and Daniel Broudy on conservative efforts to sell Okinawa base expansion as "development".
Daniel Broudy, Maki Sunagawa, Selling the Henoko Base and the Future of Okinawa: Propaganda, Government Plans and ‘Development’
Nov. 10, 2014:
Maki Sunagawa and Daniel Broudy on conservative efforts to sell Okinawa base expansion as "development".
Nassrine Azimi, Japan's Natural Perils, and Promises, in the Wake of Fukushima
Oct. 29, 2014:
Nassrine Azimi on Japanese geology and nuclear power.
Asia-Pacific Journal Feature, Japan's Fundamental Freedoms Imperiled
Oct. 13, 2014:
A report on rightwing threats to universities in Japan.
Herbert P. Bix, Hirohito: String Puller, Not Puppet
Oct. 13, 2014:
Herbert Bix on the official biography of Hirohito, its problems, and consequences for Japan's historical memory and ideological rifts.
Asano Ken'ichi, Japanese Mass Media Buries Self-Immolation Protest Over Abe Government's Constitutional Coup 日本のマスメディア、安倍政権による憲法クーデターへの焼身行為抗議を葬り去る
Sep. 15, 2014:
Jeff Kingston and Asano Ken'ichi comment on a self-immolation protest against the Abe government's collective self-defense policy.
Asano Ken'ichi, Japanese Mass Media Buries Self-Immolation Protest Over Abe Government's Constitutional Coup 日本のマスメディア、安倍政権による憲法クーデターへの焼身行為抗議を葬り去る
Sep. 15, 2014:
Jeff Kingston and Asano Ken'ichi comment on a self-immolation protest against the Abe government's collective self-defense policy.
Craig Martin, Bryce Wakefield, Reexamining "Myths" About Japan's Collective Self-Defense Change - What critics (and the Japanese public) do understand about Japan's constitutional reinterpretation
Sep. 08, 2014:
Bryce Wakefield and Craig Martin examine Michael Green and Jeffrey Hornung's assertion that resistence to the reinterpretation of Article 9 is based on a series unfounded "myths".
Craig Martin, Bryce Wakefield, Reexamining "Myths" About Japan's Collective Self-Defense Change - What critics (and the Japanese public) do understand about Japan's constitutional reinterpretation
Sep. 08, 2014:
Bryce Wakefield and Craig Martin examine Michael Green and Jeffrey Hornung's assertion that resistence to the reinterpretation of Article 9 is based on a series unfounded "myths".
Jon Mitchell, All Agent Orange Ingredients Unearthed at U.S. Military Dumpsite on Okinawa
Aug. 11, 2014:
Jon Mitchell reports on developments following news of unearthed Agent Orange dumpsites discovered in Okinawa City and their context in a string of incidents revealing carelessness with citizen's lives and health. 
John Junkerman, Magosaki Ukeru, Japan's Collective Self-Defense and American Strategic Policy: Everything Starts from the US-Japan Alliance 日本の集団的自衛権と米国の戦略的政策  すべての元凶は「日米同盟」にあり
Jul. 14, 2014:
Magosaki Ukeru on the Japan-US alliance, collective self-defense, and tensions with China.  日本の集団的自衛権と米国の戦略的政策  すべての元凶は「日米同盟」にあり 
John Junkerman, Magosaki Ukeru, Japan's Collective Self-Defense and American Strategic Policy: Everything Starts from the US-Japan Alliance 日本の集団的自衛権と米国の戦略的政策  すべての元凶は「日米同盟」にあり
Jul. 14, 2014:
Magosaki Ukeru on the Japan-US alliance, collective self-defense, and tensions with China.  日本の集団的自衛権と米国の戦略的政策  すべての元凶は「日米同盟」にあり 
Andrew DeWit, Abe and Abbot Out under Australia's Midday Sun 豪州の炎天下に立つ安倍とアボット
Jul. 14, 2014:
Andrew DeWit on Abe's Australia visit.
Hideki YOSHIKAWA, Urgent Situation at Okinawa's Henoko and Oura Bay: Base Construction Started on Camp Schwab 辺野古と大浦湾、緊急事態 キャンプ・シュワブで基地建設始まる
Jul. 08, 2014:
Hideki Yoshikawa on the Camp Schwab construction and its consequences for Okinawa.
Jeff Kingston, Self-immolation Protests PM Abe Overturning Japan’s Pacifist Postwar Order 焼身行為で抗議 安倍総理に覆された平和主義に基づく戦後秩序
Jul. 07, 2014:
Jeff Kingston on protests against PM Abe's push for "collective self-defense".
Yuki TANAKA, Notes on Nuclear Weapons: Toward Abolition or Armageddon? 核兵器に関する覚え書き 廃止に向かうか、ハルマゲドンか
May. 27, 2014:
Yuki Tanaka on the continuing dangers of nuclear weapons.
Mel Gurtov, Trouble at Sea 海上でのトラブル
May. 26, 2014:
Mel Gurtov on the recent territorial tensions in the South China Sea.
Yuki TANAKA, Notes on Nuclear Weapons: Toward Abolition or Armageddon?
May. 26, 2014:
C. Douglas Lummis, Three Messages from Okinawa 沖縄から三通のメッセージ
Apr. 26, 2014:
C. Douglas Lummis introduces three messages from Okinawa on proposed base expansions.
Mel Gurtov, Obama's Japan Visit and US-Japan-China Relations: A Missed Opportunity for Conflict Prevention オバマ訪日と米日中関係 紛争阻止の機会逃す
Apr. 26, 2014:
Mel Gurtov on Obama's Asia trip and the missed opportunity for detente.
Alexis Dudden, The Nomination of Article 9 of Japan's Constitution for a Nobel Peace Prize 日本国憲法第9条ノーベル平和章候補に
Apr. 20, 2014:
Alexis Dudden on the movement to have Japanese supporters of Article 9 nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Hao Tan, John A. Mathews, Jousting with James Hansen: China building a renewables powerhouse ジェームス・ハンセンとの論戦 中国は再生可能なエネルギー大国になりつつある
Mar. 26, 2014:
John Mathews and Hao Tan offer a rebuttal to leading climate scientist James Hanson.
Hao Tan, John A. Mathews, Jousting with James Hansen: China building a renewables powerhouse ジェームス・ハンセンとの論戦 中国は再生可能なエネルギー大国になりつつある
Mar. 26, 2014:
John Mathews and Hao Tan offer a rebuttal to leading climate scientist James Hanson.
Nick Turse, Misremembering America’s Asian Wars: The Pentagon’s Latest “Mission Accomplished” Moment 史実は置いてきぼりに アメリカが記憶するアジアでの「任務達成」
Mar. 18, 2014:
Nick Turse on American violence in Asia, past, present, and future.
Sabine Fruhstuck, A “Dynamic Joint Defense Force”? An Introduction to Japanese Strategic Thinking 「ダイナミックな共同防衛隊」?日本の戦略思考入門
Mar. 18, 2014:
Noam Chomsky, The Revenge of History: Chomsky on Japan, China, the United States, and the Threat of Conflict in Asia 歴史の復習 チョムスキー、日中米とアジアにおける対立の恐れを語る
Mar. 02, 2014:
David McNeill interviews Noam Chomsky on the stresses in international relations in East Asia and the role of the United States in the region's conflicts.
Jon Mitchell, U.S. Military Parents on Okinawa Demand Truth About Toxic Contamination Near Base Schools 在沖米軍基地内小中学校 保護者近辺の毒物汚染の実情を要求
Feb. 23, 2014:
Jon Mitchell follws demands by American parents on Okinawa for an investigation into toxic contamination near US bases.
Asia-Pacific Journal Feature, David vs. Goliath: Resisting the Denial of the Nanking Massacre ダビデ対ゴリアテ 南京虐殺否定に抗する
Feb. 21, 2014:
Joseph Essertier and Ono Masami mark the second anniversary of Nagoya Mayor Kawamura Takashi's Nanking Massacre denial and assess the continuing climate of denialism under Prime Minister Abe.
Michael Penn, C. Douglas Lummis, "Two Elections and Japan's Most Unwanted Base" and "A Democratic Victory in Nago, Okinawa" UPDATE 2/13 "Democracy, Do Not Die!" 選挙二つと沖縄の最もやっかいな基地、民主主義よ、死ぬな!
Feb. 09, 2014:
C. Douglas Lummis on Nago City's mayoral election and Michael Penn's Shingetsu News video on the victory of Nago Mayor Inamine Susumu.