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Christopher W. Hughes, An ‘Abe Doctrine’ as Japan’s Grand Strategy: New Dynamism or Dead-End?
Jul. 21, 2015:
Christopher W. Hughes on Abe Shinzo's problematic strategic vision.
Tsuneno Yujiro, The “Open Letter in Support of Historians in Japan”: A Critique A japanese translation is available.
May. 31, 2015:
A response to the "Open Letter in Support of Historians in Japan". A japanese translation is available.
Kerry Smith, “History is harsh”: Prime Minister Abe, the Joint Session of Congress, and World War II
May. 18, 2015:
Kerry Smith on the place of the past in Abe's address to Congress.
Asia-Pacific Journal Feature, Fact Sheet on Japanese Military “Comfort Women”
May. 09, 2015:
A summary of the current scholarship on Japanese Military "Comfort Women".
Asia-Pacific Journal Feature, Open Letter in Support of Historians in Japan UPDATED
May. 07, 2015:
187 Japanese studies scholars that calls on Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo to “act boldly” on history.
Jeff Kingston, Testy Team Abe Pressures Media in Japan
Apr. 16, 2015:
Jeff Kingston on Castern Germis' account of the Abe government's campaign of media harrasment.
Katsuyuki Kumano, Looking at Flaws in the Henoko Landfill Permit Process from the Standpoint of the Right to Self-determination
Apr. 08, 2015:
Kumano Katsuyuki on the Okianwan right to self-determination. With an introduction by Satoko Oka Norimatsu.
Ota Masakatsu, U.S. Veterans Reveal 1962 Nuclear Close Call Dodged in Okinawa
Mar. 31, 2015:
Ota Masakatsu's account of an erroneous order to launch nuclear missiles in Okinawa during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Ota Masakatsu, U.S. Veterans Reveal 1962 Nuclear Close Call Dodged in Okinawa
Mar. 31, 2015:
Ota Masakatsu's account of an erroneous order to launch nuclear missiles in Okinawa during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Daniel Broudy, Balloons and Tape as Hate Speech: American and Japanese Rightwing Responses to the Okinawan Anti-Base Movement
Mar. 23, 2015:
Sunagawa Maki and Daniel Broudy on attempts to brand Okinawa protests "hate speech".
Maki Sunagawa, Balloons and Tape as Hate Speech: American and Japanese Rightwing Responses to the Okinawan Anti-Base Movement
Mar. 23, 2015:
Sunagawa Maki and Daniel Broudy on attempts to brand Okinawa protests "hate speech".
Yudai Nakazawa, Okinawa and disaster-struck Tohoku region sacrificed for Tokyo
Mar. 22, 2015:
Nakazawa Yudai on Okinawan novelist Ōshiro Tatsuhiro and themes of inequality and sacrifice in Japan's current political system. With an introduction by Steve Rabson.
Yudai Nakazawa, Okinawa and disaster-struck Tohoku region sacrificed for Tokyo
Mar. 22, 2015:
Nakazawa Yudai on Okinawan novelist Ōshiro Tatsuhiro and themes of inequality and sacrifice in Japan's current political system. With an introduction by Steve Rabson.
Jon Mitchell, On Okinawa, U.S. Marines raise tensions with accusations and arrests of peace campaigners
Mar. 01, 2015:
Jon Mitchell on a series of recent comments by U.S. Marines and their representatives accusing Okinawan peace campaigners of "hate speech", attacks, and faking injuries.
Herbert P. Bix, Remembering the Konoe Memorial: the Battle of Okinawa and Its Aftermath 近衛上奏文を想起して 沖縄戦とその後遺症
Feb. 23, 2015:
Herbert Bix on the Konoe Memorial, the historical legacy of the Battle of Okinawa, and the meaning of that history for Japanese democracy today.
C. Douglas Lummis, Okinawa: State of Emergency 沖縄 非常事態
Feb. 12, 2015:
C. Douglas Lummis on the continuing confrontation over the expansion of US bases in Okinawa.
Hyun Lee, A Korean American Housewife Confronts South Korea's National Security Law 韓国系アメリカ人主婦が出会った韓国の国家保安法
Jan. 27, 2015:
Hyun Lee interviews Shin Eun-mi on freedom of speech in South Korea.
Katherine Muzik, Fear and Hope: The Henoko Base and the Future of Oura Bay 恐れと希望 辺野古の基地と大浦湾の未来
Jan. 26, 2015:
Katherine Muzik on the potential enviornmental damage of America's planned Okinawa base.
Michael Penn, The Yomiuri Shinbun Takes Pride in Its Shame: Expurgating Japan’s “Sex Slaves” 読売新聞、誇りをもって恥をさらす 「性奴隷」への言及削除
Jan. 19, 2015:
Michael Penn on the Yomiuri's attempts to undermine comfort women narratives.
Alexis Dudden, Nominating Article 9 for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize 憲法9条、2015年ノーベル平和賞推薦のために
Jan. 19, 2015:
Alexis Dudden on the campaign to nominate Japanese activists and citizens who have supported Article 9 for the Nobel Peace Prize.
C. Douglas Lummis, The Bus to Henoko: Riot Police and Okinawan Citizens Face-off over New Marine Base 辺野古へのバス 機動隊と沖縄県民、新海兵隊基地を前に対決
Jan. 19, 2015:
C. Douglas Lummis on Okinawan protests over the planned Marine base in Henoko.
Uemura Takashi, Journalist Who Broke Comfort Women Story Files 16.5 million Yen Libel Suit Against Bungei Shunju: Uemura Takashi’s Speech to the Press 先駆的「慰安婦」報道の元朝日記者・植村氏、文藝春秋など名誉毀損で提訴 1650万円損害賠償請求
Jan. 14, 2015:
Uemura Takashi addresses the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan on his libel lawsuit against Bungei Shunju.
Asia-Pacific Journal Feature, The Committee of the Historical Science Society of Japan's Critique of the Japanese Government's Stance on the Wartime “Comfort Women” Issue
Dec. 16, 2014:
The Committee of the Historical Science Society of Japan offers a critique of the Japanese government's stance on "Comfort Women" as well as recent media coverage of the issue.
Steve Rabson, Nago Mayor Inamine’s Concise Guide to What’s Wrong with the Planned Marine Air Base なにが問題なのか 名護市稲嶺市長による簡潔でわかりやすい海兵隊基地建設の問題点
Dec. 08, 2014:
Steve Rabson introduces a Nago pamphlet that presents what is perhaps the most concise, effecitve summary of the Marine Air Base controversy to appear in English.
Satoko Norimatsu, Suicide as Protest – Two Self-immolations under the Abe Regime 抗議としての自死 安部政権下で二度も起こった焼身事件
Dec. 07, 2014:
Satoko Oka Norimatsu on the two self-immolation protests against the Abe government's policies, their treatment by the press, and their historical context.
Jeff Kingston, Extremists Flourish in Abe's Japan 安部政権が育む過激派
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’辺野古に基地を その売り込みと沖縄の未来 プロパガンダ、政府の計画、そして「開発」
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’辺野古に基地を その売り込みと沖縄の未来 プロパガンダ、政府の計画、そして「開発」
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 日本の自然が孕む危険と可能性 フクシマを機に
Oct. 29, 2014:
Nassrine Azimi on Japanese geology and nuclear power.
Asia-Pacific Journal Feature, Japan's Fundamental Freedoms Imperiled 危殆に瀕する日本の基本的自由
Oct. 13, 2014:
A report on rightwing threats to universities in Japan.