Olympics will be postponed for one year, Japan’s Abe says

Olympics will be postponed for one year, Japan’s Abe says

by WorldTribune Staff, March 25, 2020 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach on Tuesday announced that the 2020 Summer Olympic Games will be postponed for about one year due to the coronavirus crisis. The opening ceremony had been planned for July 24 in Tokyo. “[T]he IOC president and […]

In northern Japan, life gradually returns to normal

In northern Japan, life gradually returns to normal

by WorldTribune Staff, March 24, 2020 Health officials in Japan said the country has done “quite well” in getting the coronavirus outbreak under control. The state of emergency has been lifted on Hokkaido, the northernmost prefecture that was hit hardest by the outbreak. A panel guiding Japan’s coronavirus response recommended late on Thursday that schools […]

Japan muscles up, boosts geopolitical profile in Asia with allies seeking to counter China

Japan muscles up, boosts geopolitical profile in Asia with allies seeking to counter China

FPI / February 12, 2020 By establishing a muscular national security posture, Japan has emerged as a key geopolitical partner with the U.S. to contain China. In 2015, Japan’s parliament passed a set of national security laws which allow Japan to exercise the right of collective self-defense under certain, though limited, circumstances. Article nine of […]

Japan’s Abe explains rationale for deploying warship to Middle East

Japan’s Abe explains rationale for deploying warship to Middle East

by WorldTribune Staff, February 3, 2020 Japan has dispatched a helicopter destroyer to the Middle East to safeguard the nation’s oil supplies, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said. The Takanami-class destroyer left its port near Tokyo on Feb. 2 and is tasked with protecting merchant ships and oil tankers passing through the Gulf of Oman. About […]

Honda backs Ivanka initiative to expand U.S. job training

Honda backs Ivanka initiative to expand U.S. job training

by WorldTribune Staff, January 27, 2020 Honda Motor Co. announced on Tuesday it is joining an initiative led by White House adviser Ivanka Trump aimed at boosting U.S. job training opportunities. Honda, the third largest Japanese automaker, said it will provide expanded job training opportunities to 50,000 workers in Ohio by 2025. Honda reccently announced […]

U.S. strikes Iran-backed forces in Iraq, Syria; Japan sends warships to the Gulf

U.S. strikes Iran-backed forces in Iraq, Syria; Japan sends warships to the Gulf

FPI / January 2, 2020 Geostrategy-Direct.com The United States will continue to confront Iran and its proxies for its attacks on American forces in the Middle East, Trump administration officials warned. The warning came after U.S. forces carried out airstrikes against Iran-backed militias in Iraq and Syria on Dec. 29. “We will not stand for […]

Anger in Japan as China’s increased incursions precede Xi’s state visit to Tokyo

Anger in Japan as China’s increased incursions precede Xi’s state visit to Tokyo

by WorldTribune Staff, December 27, 2019 China’s practice of sending its vessels near the Japan-controlled Senkaku islands continued in the days prior to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to China this week and could raise tensions ahead of Chinese supreme leader Xi Jinping’s state visit to Japan next year, analysts say. Japan’s Coast Guard […]

Shinzo Abe: Dare he say, ‘Make Japan great again’?

Shinzo Abe: Dare he say, ‘Make Japan great again’?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Japanese conservatism is like a seething volcano, spewing smoke and ash but not quite ready to erupt. The reluctance reflects the great ambivalence in Japanese society. Japanese are fundamentally conservative, united in a culture dedicated to hard work and formal relationships but otherwise undecided about where they are going […]

Japan’s Marines have returned . . . to defend Senkakus, Okinawa from China

Japan’s Marines have returned . . . to defend Senkakus, Okinawa from China

FPI / December 6, 2019 Geostrategy-Direct.com Rising tension between Japan and China intensifying has led the Japanese Marines to re-form a fighting force that has not been seen since World War II. Concerns that Beijing might seize outlying islands led to the formation in 2018 of the 2,100-man Amphibious Rapid Response Brigade (ARDB), based at […]

North Korea’s ‘Gat-Geun Tactic’ aims to destroy South Korea-U.S.-Japan trilateral relations

North Korea’s ‘Gat-Geun Tactic’ aims to destroy South Korea-U.S.-Japan trilateral relations

FPI / November 21, 2019 By Tara O, East Asia Research Center Gat is a hat Korean men used to wear during the Chosun Dynasty. It has a large brim with two strings that go around the sides of the face to tie in the middle to secure the hat in its place. According to […]

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