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Japan’s lower house shocks China, passes landmark legislation allowing its troops to fight abroad

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and LDP allies in Japan's lower house of parliament applaud after the passing of two bills allowing Japanese troops to be deployed abroad.

Special to WorldTribune.com China issued a warning to Japan after parliament in Tokyo passed two landmark bills allowing Japanese troops to fight abroad for the first time since World War II, 70 years ago. China plans to mark the end […]

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South Korea and Japan struggle to move beyond bitter history to address China threat

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com It’s a time for anniversaries and memories of the tragedies that have afflicted Northeast Asia over the past century. On Tuesday, the Japanese remembered the horror of the single worst battle in Asian […]

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America’s crucial credibility abroad declines with the loss of trust — and respect

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Special to WorldTribune.com by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct The retrenchment of U.S. foreign policy under Barack Obama is triggering major changes in relations with formerly stout allies around the globe. In Europe, Asia and the Middle East, trust in the […]

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Good guys, bad guys in NE Asia high tech war race: What could go wrong?

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The stakes are escalating in the contest for Northeast Asia. North Korea’s got nukes and lots of missiles, most recently maybe the SLBM for submarine-launched ballistic missile. The U.S. has glistening new hardware […]

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Japan poised to replace UK as America’s global strategic partner

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com With Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s week-long high-profile visit to the United States, a new global U.S. partnership is emerging that could replace the U.S. “special relationship” with Britain, which is fading fast […]

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Beijing’s hard power push seen stigmatizing nation for ‘imperial overreach’

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com The Xi Jinping administration’s aggressive power projection in the South China Sea could deal a frontal blow to Beijing’s “peripheral diplomacy,” which is supposed to improve the country’s relations with neighbors in the […]

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Superwasp: The life and times of Jean-Paul Getty’s man in the Far East

Jean-Paul Getty in 1975. / David Caulkin / AP

By  Sol W. Sanders “Authorities investigating the death of Andrew Getty, an heir to the Getty oil fortune, are trying to determine whether foul play was involved.” (Los Angeles Times, March 31, 2015).  Jean-Paul Getty’s Tokyo representative and Andrew Getty’ […]

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Xi lures South Korea and Japan to join other U.S. allies at Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Beijing’s success in luring a number of key American allies to join the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has illustrated yet again Washington’s apparent failure to rein in the Xi Jinping administration’s ambitious […]

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Former Japan PM visits Crimea, endorses Russia’s annexation

Ex-Japan PM defends referendum in Crimea as constitutional

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com A senior Japanese statesman shocked many with his visit to Crimea on March 11, where he publicly praised Russia’s annexation. Yukio Hatoyama was Japan’s prime minister briefly from September 2009 to June 20110. […]

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Friend or foe? Attacks on U.S. ambassadors in safe neighborhoods

U.S. Ambassador , FYI, Japan Times, EXTRA, Hodo-bu Hongo reports, image photos, Sept. 2, 2009. MIURA PHOTO.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Incredibly, crackpots on the left, quick to echo any line from North Korea, compare the attack on U.S. ambassador Mark Lippert to the assassination of Hirobumi Ito, Japanese resident-general of Korea in the […]

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