Japan in Africa

Oleg Pavlov On August 27-28, a conference organized by Tokyo and conceived as a Japan-Africa summit was held in Tunis. The intention was big: to hold the eighth edition of the event called TICAD (held since 1993) in such a way as to declare Japan’s significant activism in dealing with the development problems of the…

U.S. Presses Japan to Cancel Constitution’s Peace-Clause

Eric Zuesse China and Japan Must thus Finally Agree Now, to Avoid a War. The United States Government is pressing Japan’s Government to revise its 1947 U.S.-created Constitution so as to eliminate its clause (Article 9) that prevents Japan from invading any country. The clause asserts that: the Japanese people forever renounce war as a…

The U.S. Pivot to Asia: Cold War Lessons from Vietnam for Today

Cynthia Chung In part one of this series, I discussed how a massive U.S. arms stockpile in Okinawa, Japan that was originally intended to be used for the planned American invasion of Japan was cancelled once the two atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. L. Fletcher Prouty, who served as Chief of Special Operations…

The Assassination of Shinzo Abe and Japan’s Military Expansion

Gary Wilson Shinzo Abe promoted the racist, ultra-nationalist organization Zaitokukai. Above, Zaitokukai members wave imperialist “rising sun” flags (a red ball with 16 red rays) during a rally in Tokyo. This is similar to waving Confederate battle flags in the U.S. The placard says ‘Koreans should be massacred.’ The assassination of Shinzo Abe, the former…

Washington Splits Asia in Two

Dmitry Bokarev The modern world is torn by contradictions: the US and its allies, accustomed to global domination, seek to maintain and expand their position at the expense of the interests of other countries, leading to crises and conflicts. In the Middle East, wars have been raging for decades, and in Europe, fighting has broken…

Washington’s Indo-Pacific “Allies” Refuse to Host US Missiles

Brian Berletic As part of Washington’s long-standing strategy of encircling and containing China, it seeks to add to its already immense military footprint along China’s periphery, missile installations and specifically, ground-based intermediate-range missiles (GBIRMs) across the Indo-Pacific Region. A research paper funded by the US government and published by the RAND Corporation titled, “Ground-Based Intermediate-Range Missiles in…

Japanese Pro-NATO Stance Harms Tokyo-Moscow Dialogue

Lucas Leiroz Amid worldwide tensions, diplomatic frictions between Russia and Japan continue to increase. The crisis in Ukraine is hampering bilateral diplomacy and preventing a peace agreement on the Kuril Islands, which is a historic goal for both states, from being achieved. Indeed, Tokyo appears to be paying the consequences for its own destabilizing pro-NATO…

Why Hiroshima and Nagasaki Were Incinerated

Stephen Millies Barack Obama visited Hiroshima on May 27, 2016, the first sitting U.S. president to do so. Obama’s visit to the Japanese city revived the question of whether killing hundreds of thousands of people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki with atom bombs was a military necessity. Dwight Eisenhower didn’t think so. The former president and…

U.S. Military in Okinawa Devastates the Local Environment

Pat Elder Map: The red “X” shows “locations where firefighting water that contains organo-fluorine compound (PFAS) is believed to have flowed.” The spot marked with four characters above is “Tengan Pier.” [Source: ryukyushimpo.jp] On June 10, 2021, 2,400 liters of “firefighting water” containing PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) were accidentally released from the U.S. Army…