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The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus
In-depth critical analysis of the forces shaping the Asia-Pacific...and the world.
Matthew Penney, Public Opinion and the July 21 Election
Jul. 15, 2013:
Public opinion polls point to a likely LDP landslide, but skepticism is rampant among voters.
Jon Mitchell, Campaign to prevent the next Battle of Okinawa 第二の沖縄戦を阻止するキャンペーン
Jul. 08, 2013:
Citizens launch a postcard campaign to block new base construction and save Henoko from destruction
Gavan McCormack, Dilemma of a Japanese Island: Territorial Defense in the East China Sea and Yonaguni Island 与那国自衛隊配備 国境交流こそ深化すべきだ
Jul. 08, 2013:
Gavan McCormack introduces a Ryukyu Shimpo editorial on the militarization of Yonaguni Island and the potential for peaceful exchange with Taiwan instead.
Asia-Pacific Journal Feature, Local Governments Vs. The Nuclear Village 地方自治体 vs 原子力ムラ
Jun. 18, 2013:
As Abe Shinzo's government pushes for nuclear restarts, local governments continue to resist.
Thierry Ribault, UN Special Rapporteur Anand Grover on Fukushima: A Stunning Report Brushed Aside by the Japanese Government 国連人権委員会理事長アナンド・グローバー氏の目覚ましい福島報告書を払いのける日本政府
Jun. 10, 2013:
US Special Rapporteur Anand Gover's critical report on the health effects of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster and the human rights of the surrounding population has been dismissed by the Japanese government. Japanese translation available.
Matthew Penney, Abe and History - The Kobayashi Yoshinori Interview 安倍晋三の歴史認識—小林よしのりとの対談
Jun. 03, 2013:
In a 2010 interview with rightwing manga artist Kobayashi Yoshinori, PM Abe Shinzo made a number of points about history, China, and America that differ from the often sanitized comments that he makes in the internatoinal press.
Asia-Pacific Journal Feature, Opposition to the Japanese Government’s “Ceremony to Commemorate the Anniversary of Japan's Restoration of Sovereignty” 声明 日本政府の「主権回復・国際社会復帰を記念する式典」開催に反対する
May. 06, 2013:
The Japan Scientists' Association protests the Liberal Democratic Party government's commemoration of "Japan's Restoration of Sovereignty and Return to the International Community"
Matthew Penney, “Racists Go Home!”, “Go Crawl Back to the Net!” – Anti-Racism Protestors Confront the Zaitokukai レイシストは帰れ!」、「ネットに這って戻れ!」在特会に立ち向かう反レイシズム活動
Apr. 22, 2013:
Anti-racism protestors stand up to the increasingly extreme Zaitokukai in Shin Okubo and Tsuruhashi.
C. Douglas Lummis, The Madman Strategy 狂人戦略
Apr. 14, 2013:
Is North Korea the "madman" on the Korean Peninsula? Or is the word better used to define US policy? C. Douglas Lummis looks at the American style of nuclear brinksmanship.
David McNeill, Whaling as Diplomacy 外交としての捕鯨 
Apr. 08, 2013:
David McNeill on the clashes between Sea Shepherd and Japan's whaling fleet and the larger geo-political background.
David McNeill, Fukushima - Two Years On 福島—その二年後
Mar. 25, 2013:
David McNeill introduces a Greenpeace video which focuses on human stories on the second anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear accident.
Gavan McCormack, Fukushima: An Assessment of the Quake, Tsunami and Nuclear Meltdown 福島—地震、津波、そしてメルトダウンの評価
Mar. 25, 2013:
Gavan McCormack provides a scathing summary of the major issues surrounding the 3.11 disasters.
Matthew Penney, "Human Dogs", Aida Makoto, and the Mori Art Museum Controversy 「犬人間」、会田誠、そして森美術館問題
Mar. 11, 2013:
Kinyobi presents two different points of view on the controversial Mori Art Museum Aida Makoto exhibit.
Alexis Dudden, Bullying and History Don't Mix いじめと歴史は相容れない
Feb. 17, 2013:
Alexis Dudden on Abe's problematic view of history.
David McNeill, Warning: Genius at Work - The Art of Aida Makoto 取り扱い注意!天才作業中ー会田誠のアート
Feb. 11, 2013:
The work of Makoto Aida, long seen as the bad boy of Japanese art, is the subject of a major retrospective at the Mori Art Museum, but it’s not for the squeamish, writes David McNeill.
Jon Mitchell, Okinawan Leaders Carry Osprey Protest to Tokyo 沖縄の市長、オスプレイ抗議を東京へ
Feb. 04, 2013:
With Japanese militarism on the rise, Okinawan leaders bring appeal for peace to Tokyo.
Satoko NORIMATSU, Nanjing Massacre 75th Anniversary and the China-Japan Island Dispute 南京大虐殺75年と中日諸島争い
Feb. 03, 2013:
  Satoko Norimatsu writes on the significance of the 75th annviersary of the Nanjing Massacre as Japan's territorial dispute with China intensifies.
Nakazawa Keiji, My Final Wish 最後の願い
Jan. 28, 2013:
A meditation on his life and work by Nakazawa Keiji, published shortly before his death in December 2012.
Matthew Penney, The Abe Cabinet - An Ideological Breakdown 安倍内閣 所属団体を通してのイデオロギー的分析
Jan. 28, 2013:
A breakdown of the different neo-nationalist Diet member groups to which members of Abe's cabinet belong.
Sato Manabu, Japan at a Turning-Point: An Okinawan Perspective on the Return to LDP Government 岐路に立つ日本 沖縄からみた自民党政権の復帰
Jan. 07, 2013:
A translation of a Ryukyu Shimpo opnion piece on Japan's recent political shift by Okinawa International University Professor Sato Manabu. Japanese original text below.
Asia-Pacific Journal Feature, Remembering Nakazawa Keiji 中沢啓治追悼
Jan. 07, 2013:
Asia-Pacific Journal Coordinators Yuki Tanaka and Satoko Norimatsu remember manga artist and peace activist Nakazawa Keiji who passed away on December 19, 2012.
Asia-Pacific Journal Feature, 'The Second Time as Farce?' Abe Shinzo's New Challenge  2度目の笑劇(ファルス)?「安倍晋三」という再チャレンジ
Dec. 24, 2012:
Jinbo Taro on historical awareness, the comfort women, and Abe's second term.
Roger Pulvers, The Lessons of the 3.11 Meltdown for Japanese Nuclear Power: Citizenship Vs. A Corporate Culture of Collusion  日本原子力にたいする3.11炉心溶融の教訓−−市民対企業結託文化
Dec. 23, 2012:
A collection of three Japan Times articles by Roger Pulvers on the Fukushima disaster and the crony capitalism and corrupt politics that allowed it to take place. 
Martin Dusinberre, Mr. Abe's Local Legacy and the Future of Nuclear Power in Japan  安倍氏の郷土遺産と日本原子力の将来
Dec. 23, 2012:
Martin Dusinberre looks at PM Abe and his policies from the point of view of small regional town - Kaminoseki in Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Asia-Pacific Journal Feature, Defoliated Island - Agent Orange, Okinawa and the Vietnam War  枯れ葉化した島−−枯れ葉剤オレンジ、沖縄,ヴェトナム戦争
Nov. 18, 2012:
Shinjo Ikuo, Trampled Islands – Bases, Violence and Unheard Voices 蹂躙された島−−基地、暴力、届かぬ声
Nov. 04, 2012:
Roger Pulvers, So, fat cats and a blue caterpillar will save Japan from nuclear hell. OK  そうか、太った猫たちとと一匹の青虫が日本を核の地獄から救うってか。さもあらばあれ
Oct. 22, 2012:
Roger Pulvers on the fault line beneath an Ishikawa Prefecture nuclear power plant.
Asia-Pacific Journal Feature, Okinawa Protests Explode  沖縄抗議運動激化
Oct. 07, 2012:
After the deployment of MV-22 Osprey aircraft to Okinawa on October 1-2, protests against the American base presence have become more intense.
Asia-Pacific Journal Feature, Anti-Osprey Rally in Okinawa  沖縄におけるオスプリー反対運動
Sep. 16, 2012:
The deployment of the US Osprey aircraft to Okinawa sparks a strong protest movement.
Andre Vltchek, Can the Miracle of Music Transform Africa’s Poverty? China’s Great Pianist Yuan Sheng Performs in Kenyan Slum  音楽の奇跡はアフリカの貧困に変化をもたらしうるか−−中国の大ピアニスト ユアン・シェン、ケニアの貧困地区で演奏
Aug. 26, 2012:
A photo essay on Chinese pianist Yuan Sheng's activism in Africa by ANdre Vltchek.