Suga emerges as favorite to succeed Japan’s pro-Trump Prime Minister Abe

Suga emerges as favorite to succeed Japan’s pro-Trump Prime Minister Abe

FPI / September 10, 2020 Geostrategy-Direct.com Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga is expected to succeed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has nurtured security alliances in Asia to counter China while boosting Japan’s military under the post World War II pacifist constitution. Abe announced late last month that he is resigning due to health problems. […]

Japan’s Abe calls for considering nation’s preemptive strike capability

Japan’s Abe calls for considering nation’s preemptive strike capability

by WorldTribune Staff, June 19, 2020 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday that the country should consider acquiring preemptive strike capability amid ongoing regional threats, including escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula. He made no specific mention of Chinese military aggression believed by analysts to have been a primary factor behind his statement. Abe […]

China will take big hit from U.S. and Japanese firms leaving

China will take big hit from U.S. and Japanese firms leaving

WorldTribune, April 23, 2020 Analysis by Paul Crespo China may lose big as foreign firms relocate out of the country and move elsewhere in the aftermath of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is most concerned about the large-scale business withdrawal from U.S. and Japanese firms operating in China. As noted […]

Japan’s prime minister declares emergency, but no U.S.-style lockdown

Japan’s prime minister declares emergency, but no U.S.-style lockdown

by WorldTribune Staff, April 6, 2020 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday said he will declare a state of emergency in seven prefectures but added that the declaration does not amount to a lockdown. Japan’s approach, like Sweden’s, is less radical than that imposed on the USA. Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Osaka, Hyogo and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tokyo-Seoul fight closely tracked by China, Russia, North Korea

Tokyo-Seoul fight closely tracked by China, Russia, North Korea

FPI / August 15, 2019 Geostrategy-Direct.com As the trade-culture conflict between Seoul and Tokyo heats up, South Korea’s president has floated the controversial idea of a partnership with North Korea. The move by left-leaning President Moon Jae-In amid a sinking economy was cheered by the South’s official media but enraged the nation’s conservatives. The South […]

Japanese-owned oil tanker struck in Gulf as Abe delivered U.S. message in Iran

Japanese-owned oil tanker struck in Gulf as Abe delivered U.S. message in Iran

by WorldTribune Staff, June 13, 2019 Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have escalated after reports today of more suspected attacks against oil tankers in the Persian Gulf. Iran has denied being behind previous similar attacks. One of the two tankers was owned by a Japanese company. The attacks occurred during a visit to Teheran […]

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