Storm clouds in the Far East: In China, a coronation; In Japan, an election

Storm clouds in the Far East: In China, a coronation; In Japan, an election

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The political optics could not have been more contrasting as China selected its leader and Japan elected its Prime Minister. In a grandiose and stunning setting, draped in the trappings of crimson and gold, 2,300 Chinese Communist Party (CCP) grandees predictably anointed Xi Jinping as […]

Japan’s ‘peace constitution’ on the brink as NE Asia braces for war

Japan’s ‘peace constitution’ on the brink as NE Asia braces for war

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk TOKYO ― The overwhelming success of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the latest elections for members of the Japanese “Diet” ― the peculiar word for Japan’s parliament or national assembly ― portends hardening of tensions and priorities in Northeast Asia. Yes, Abe would dearly like to revise Japan’s post-war […]

Curtains for pacifist Japan? Abe, conservatives win big as N. Korea threat looms

Curtains for pacifist Japan? Abe, conservatives win big as N. Korea threat looms

by WorldTribune Staff, October 22, 2017 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) rolled to a landslide victory in Japan’s election on Oct. 22. The conservative coalition was on track to win 311 seats in the 465-seat House of Representatives on the National Diet, according to a projection published by private […]

New, longest North Korea missile launch overflies Japan, puts Guam in range

New, longest North Korea missile launch overflies Japan, puts Guam in range

by WorldTribune Staff, September 15, 2017 For the second time in less than a month, North Korea launched an intermediate-range missile that flew over Japan. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference that the missile was launched on Sept. 15 at around 6:57 a.m. and went down at around 7:16 a.m. […]

Trump’s North Korea strategy: Peace through (allies’) strength

Trump’s North Korea strategy: Peace through (allies’) strength

Analysis by WorldTribune Staff, September 12, 2017 Since the mid-Twentieth Century, it has fallen to the United States of America to deal with apocalyptic and devastating crises around the world including the World Wars and the Cold War. The emergence on the world stage in 2017 of North Korea — a belligerent communist rogue state […]

Latest missile launch alarms northern Japan, rattles markets

Latest missile launch alarms northern Japan, rattles markets

by WorldTribune Staff, August 29, 2017 Residents of Japan’s Hokkaido, a northern island of 5.5 million, awoke early on Aug. 29 to a “J-Alert” on their mobile phones from the government, warning that North Korea had fired a missile and to take shelter. At 5:58 a.m., the Kim Jong-Un regime launched the North’s first ballistic […]

Memorial Day, 2017: Third U.S. carrier group heads to Korea

Memorial Day, 2017: Third U.S. carrier group heads to Korea

by WorldTribune Staff, May 28, 2017 The USS Nimitz aircraft carrier is set to join the USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan in the western Pacific in a quiet but powerful warning to North Korea. “Significant: @USNavy deploying #CVN68 (USS Nimitz) to Western Pacific, meaning there’ll soon be three carrier-led strike forces in region,” Voice of America’s Steve […]

Having sworn to ‘forever renounce war’, Japan still alone in a tough neighborhood

Having sworn to ‘forever renounce war’, Japan still alone in a tough neighborhood

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk TOKYO ― The shadows of war lengthen over Japanese society in thrall to Article 9 of a “peace constitution” foisted under the “occupation” led by the victorious World War II Pacific commander, Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Much as the “rightist” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe might want to do away with […]

Japan sends largest warship to escort U.S. supply vessel near North Korea

Japan sends largest warship to escort U.S. supply vessel near North Korea

by WorldTribune Staff, May 1, 2017 Japan is sending its hulking Izumo helicopter carrier to secure passage of a U.S. Navy supply ship as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expands the scope of Self-Defense Forces activities amid the rising threat from North Korea. Following an order from Defense Minister Tomomi Inada, the 249-meter-long Izumo will help […]

Pence heads for Seoul on North Korea’s ‘Day of the Sun’

Pence heads for Seoul on North Korea’s ‘Day of the Sun’

by WorldTribune Staff, April 14, 2017 U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is set to travel to South Korea as North Korea celebrates its founding, or “Day of the Sun”, possibly by conducting another nuclear test. Pence expects to discuss the “belligerence” of North Korea at subsequent stops in Tokyo, Jakarta and Sydney, during his 10-day […]