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Peter Ennis
Asia-Pacific
A long-time chronicler and analyst of Japan and US-Japan relations
Interests: Japanese politics, reform efforts, foreign and security policy; American politics, trade policy, energy policy, foreign and security policy; Asia-Pacific security; global security architecture
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The deadline of sunset Thursday (local time) set by the Islamic State for a ‘prisoner exchange’ with Jordan came and went with an anguishing silence, leaving the fate of two hostages held by the extremist group shrouded in mystery. Frustrated and angry Jordanian and Japanese government officials were left to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Dispatch Japan
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Emperor Akihito raised many an eyebrow in Japan and abroad recently when he used his New Year message to urge Japan’s citizens to learn from history in this, the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. He specifically referred to the Manchurian Incident of 1931 as the start... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at Dispatch Japan
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Emperor Akihito raised many an eyebrow in Japan and abroad recently when he used his New Year message to urge Japan’s citizens to learn from history in this, the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. He specifically referred to the Manchurian Incident of 1931 as the start... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at Dispatch Japan
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On December 14, Japan’s ruling Liberal Democrat (LDP) / Komeito coalition easily won a snap election called by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, retaining its impressive two-thirds majority in the national Diet. But low voter turnout, continued voter doubts about the government’s economic program, and polls showing sagging popularity of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at Dispatch Japan
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On December 14, Japan’s ruling Liberal Democrat (LDP) / Komeito coalition easily won a snap election called by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, retaining its impressive two-thirds majority in the national Diet. But low voter turnout, continued voter doubts about the government’s economic program, and polls showing sagging popularity of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2014 at Dispatch Japan
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On December 14, Japan’s ruling Liberal Democrat (LDP) / Komeito coalition easily won a snap election called by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, retaining its impressive two-thirds majority in the national Diet. But low voter turnout, continued voter doubts about the government’s economic program, and polls showing sagging popularity of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2014 at Dispatch Japan
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On December 14, Japan’s ruling Liberal Democrat (LDP) / Komeito coalition easily won a snap election called by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, retaining its impressive two-thirds majority in the national Diet. But low voter turnout, continued voter doubts about the government’s economic program, and polls showing sagging popularity of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at Dispatch Japan
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On December 14, Japan’s ruling Liberal Democrat (LDP) / Komeito coalition easily won a snap election called by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, retaining its impressive two-thirds majority in the national Diet. But low voter turnout, continued voter doubts about the government’s economic program, and polls showing sagging popularity of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at Dispatch Japan
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Not even Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s sharpest critics can easily dismiss the results of his astute political decision to dissolve the Diet and hold a snap Lower House election on December 14. It is no small accomplishment to retain the top position in a coalition government with a two-thirds parliamentary... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2014 at Dispatch Japan
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AN INTERVIEW SERIES On November 10, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and China’s President Xi Jinping met in Beijing for 30 minutes or so on the outskirts of the APEC regional economic summit, then underway in China’s capital city. The two leaders had not met since each came to power... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2014 at Dispatch Japan
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AN INTERVIEW SERIES On November 10, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and China’s President Xi Jinping met in Beijing for 30 minutes or so on the outskirts of the APEC regional economic summit, then underway in China’s capital city. The two leaders had not met since each had come to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Dispatch Japan
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On November 10, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and China’s President Xi Jinping met in Beijing for 30 minutes or so on the outskirts of the APEC regional economic summit, then underway in China’s capital city. The two leaders had not met since each had come to power almost two... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at Dispatch Japan
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On November 10, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and China’s President Xi Jinping met in Beijing for 30 minutes or so on the outskirts of the APEC regional economic summit, then underway in China’s capital city. The two leaders had not met since each had come to power almost two... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Dispatch Japan
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AN INTERVIEW SERIES On November 10, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and China’s President Xi Jinping met in Beijing for 30 minutes or so on the outskirts of the APEC regional economic summit, then underway in China’s capital city. The two leaders had not met since each had come to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Dispatch Japan
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Analysts are still searching for a pithy way to encapsulate the outcome Nov. 10’s somewhat enigmatic encounter in Beijing between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping. What exactly did the two leaders agree to? What factors brought them together, and how much will the two countries... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at Dispatch Japan
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The victory on Sunday of Takeshi Onaga in the race for governor of Okinawa came as no surprise, as opinion polls leading up to election day tagged him as the clear favorite in a field of four that included the unpopular incumbent, Hirokazu Nakaima. But the size of Onaga’s victory... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Dispatch Japan
To break the deadlock in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks, the United States should consider excluding Japan, and conclude an agreement with only 11 instead of 12 nations, according to trade specialist Scott Miller of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). “That would be extraordinarily popular in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at Dispatch Japan
Bruce Klingner is the senior research fellow for Northeast Asia in The Heritage Foundation's Asian Studies Center. He joined Heritage in 2007, and has become well-known in Washington as a commentator and analyst on regional affairs. He recently helped coordinate a Heritage conference on history disputes in Northeast Asia. Before... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Dispatch Japan
Below is the second half of a lengthy interview with Michael Green, one of Washington’s best-known specialists on Japan and US-Japan relations. The first half took up recent changes in Japan’s security policy. This second section discusses the domestic political implications of the defense policy changes, as well as history... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Dispatch Japan
Below is the first half of a lengthy interview with Michael Green, one of Washington’s best-known specialists on Japan and US-Japan relations, discussing recent changes in Japan’s security policy. The second section takes up history issues, and Japan’s troubled relationship with Korea. Dr. Green is senior vice president for Asia... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Dispatch Japan
COMMENTARY One of the uglier aspects of Japanese politics is played out every day in front of the headquarters of Asahi Shimbun, arguably the country’s top newspaper. Dozens – often hundreds – of right-wing activists coalesce, with loudspeakers galore, to intimidate reporters and staff personnel trying to go about their... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Dispatch Japan
T.J. Pempel is Jack M. Forcey Professor of Political Science at the University of California-Berkeley, where he served as director of the Institute of East Asian Studies from 2002 until 2006. Before moving to Berkeley, he was at the University of Washington at Seattle, where he was the Boeing Professor... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Dispatch Japan
Bruce W. Bennett is a senior defense analyst at the RAND Corporation, working mostly within the RAND International Security and Defense Policy Center. He is an expert in Northeast Asian military issues, including changes in the regional security environment, future ROK military force requirements, the Korean military balance, counters to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Dispatch Japan
Kenneth Pyle is the Henry M. Jackson Professor of History and Asian Studies at the University of Washington and Founding President of The National Bureau of Asian Research. Among many other posts, he has chaired the US-Japan Friendship Commission, and co-chaired the US-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange. Prof.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Dispatch Japan
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Dennis Blair is Chairman of the Board of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, USA, which is particularly active in Washington as a think tank focused on US-Japan relations. Prior to retiring from the Navy in 2002, Admiral Blair served as Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command (CINCPAC), overseeing all US forces... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Dispatch Japan