The end of American exceptionalism means the end of Japanese exceptionalism too. Constitutional reform is just the first step…
“If the Japanese had committed such an act, it would be remembered as the prime atrocity of the war, dwarfing even the Nanjing massacre”
A glance at the Japanese banking system – and indeed at any bank branch, with its ranks of paper-shufflers – shows how much room there is for improvement.
Abe has got himself into a pickle by agreeing to a deeply unpopular hike in the consumption tax
Even by the standards of the regime’s bellicose rhetoric, threats of outright genocide are extreme…
“Opposition” does not refer to minority parties in parliament, who remain irrelevant, but hardliners in the bureaucracy and their supporters
The ensuing collapse in the West’s financial credibility was equivalent to the Iraq War’s effect on its strategic credibility
With her distrust of nuclear power and support for medical marijuana, Akie Abe constituted an “intra-family opposition party.”
The lesson the North Koreans have learned is that bluster, brutality and blackmail make for a winning strategy.
Abe was treated to hugs, multiple dinner dates and a sleepover at Trump’s luxury resort in Florida. The round of golf the two men played there was highly symbolic,