Shrinking ‘made-in-Japan’ work force sparks identity crisis, policy fight

Shrinking ‘made-in-Japan’ work force sparks identity crisis, policy fight

Special to WorldTribune.com Despite the widespread view that Japan is ethnically homogeneous, Professor John Lie argued in “Multiethnic Japan” (Harvard Press) that it is more accurate to describe Japan as a multiethnic society. Such claims have long been rejected by other sectors of Japanese society such as former Japanese Prime Minister Tarō Asō, who once […]

U.S. has far more troops in Japan than Korea; Okinawa governor rejects new Marine air base

U.S. has far more troops in Japan than Korea; Okinawa governor rejects new Marine air base

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON ― We hear so much about North Korea’s secret bases that it’s sometimes easy to forget the ruckus over U.S. bases in the region. They may not be secret, but they can be controversial. Take, for instance, the huge U.S. air and marine bases on Okinawa. People over […]

The Gaza blowup and prospects for a ‘three-state solution’

The Gaza blowup and prospects for a ‘three-state solution’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders The Israel-Arab peace effort is suddenly exploding. But whether all this movement will usher in the Trump Administration’s promise “of a peace of the century” is another question. After a year’s discussions led by Trump’s Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner, the Administration Special Mideast representative, the president’s design is […]

A ‘nationalist’ White House resumes U.S. global leadership, including Latin America

A ‘nationalist’ White House resumes U.S. global leadership, including Latin America

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders After eight years of the Obama Administration’s whining, false modesty and general incompetence, President Donald K. Trump has backed into the U.S.’ logical if not inevitable role as world leader. [Aspirations for United Nations assumption of that responsibility are at best disappointing.] It is ironic, to say the […]

Another North Korean invasion of the South? Not so unthinkable

Another North Korean invasion of the South? Not so unthinkable

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Korean history over the past century has been so full of surprises that it’s risky to make serious predictions. The North Korean invasion of the South in June 1950, ordered by Kim dynasty founder Kim Il-Sung, was the worst, most tragic surprise of all. So traumatic was that blitzkrieg […]

Caravan showdown: Moment of truth for both the president and USA

Caravan showdown: Moment of truth for both the president and USA

Special to WorldTribune.com Jeffrey T. Kuhner President Trump is finally doing what his predecessors have refused to do: militarize our southern border. As a migrant caravan of over 4,000 illegals marches toward the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump has ordered 15,000 U.S. troops to be deployed alongside the border patrol. Trump’s goal: to halt the invasion. He […]

After the October outrages, here is my informed speculation about next week’s election

After the October outrages, here is my informed speculation about next week’s election

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders There is enormous potential importance to next week’s Mid-term elections; perhaps as much as the hype that has been given them by the media. The media — a majority of it seemingly highly anti-Trump, and their polls, given their recent poor performances, are not a lot of help […]

U.S.-South Korean ties strained by North-South military agreement

U.S.-South Korean ties strained by North-South military agreement

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON – The U.S. and South Korea disagree markedly in their approach to North Korea and do not seem likely to patch up their differences any time soon. The differences emerged sharply as the U.S. defense secretary, Jim Mattis, prepared to meet Korea’s defense minister Jeong Kyong-Doo for talks […]

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