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Discussions Of Australia-Japan Military Deal Arise Amid Regional Concerns

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed that he will be visiting Tokyo this week for annual talks with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe. The major focus of the trip will be bolstering regional security, as the two countries prepare to seal a defence agreement that will strengthen military ties […]


Japan And South Korea “Comfort Women” Deal Falls Short 1

A South Korean government-appointed panel has concluded that a “final and irreversible” deal made with Japan in 2015 to compensate Korean women forced into sexual slavery during World War II fails to meet the needs of victims. The investigation determined that the decades-long dispute regarding what the Japanese euphemistically termed […]


The San Francisco ‘Comfort Women’ Statue Controversy: A Microcosm Of The Glaring Inadequacy Of The Response Of The International Community To Wartime Sexual Violence

Hirofumi Yoshimura, the Mayor of Japanese city Osaka, decided last week to cut the six-decade tie of his city with San Francisco after the latter city erected a monument in St. Mary’s Square to recognize ‘comfort women,’ namely those women who were enslaved and forced to work in brothels in […]


Japan Could Shoot Down North Korean Missiles

U.S. President Donald Trump said that Japan could shoot down North Korean missiles with U.S. military equipment. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that he was looking into the deal, also stating that his country could intercept missiles “if necessary.” While President Trump was on his first state visit to […]


Kissinger Warns Of Heightened Nuclear Proliferation Risk In East Asia

In a recent interview with The New York Times, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger warned of impending nuclear proliferation in the East Asia region. The Cold War strategist stated that “It cannot be that North Korea is the only Korean country in the world that has nuclear weapons, […]


Nuclear Brinksmanship On The Korean Peninsula

The successful subterranean test by North Korea of a hydrogen bomb, which they claim is capable of being mounted on to an intercontinental ballistic missile, though predictable, has raised alarm bells throughout the international community, particularly among the unified command centres in South Korea and Japan, which cannot operate independently […]


North Korea Fires Missile Over Japan

Public television networks and high-speed bullet trains were interrupted on August 26 as a North Korean ballistic missile flew over Hokkaido, Japan. The Japanese government sent out alerts to the citizens in Tokyo, warning the residents to take cover following the launch of the missile. The missile remained in the air […]


North Korea’s Nuclear Seismic Wave

North Korea has confirmed nuclear testing suspicions after foreign geological agencies reported two earthquakes in the country. Bordering cities in China felt the tremor that lasted several seconds, followed by an aftershock. The seismic wave was also felt along the Russian coast near Vladivostok. Today, seismologists from Japan and U.S. […]


North Korea Launches 18th Missile Of The Year

Tuesday morning literally started with a bang. A North Korean mid-range ballistic missile, a weapon born of nuclear payload motives, flew over Japan and crashed into the Pacific Ocean 575 miles east of Japan. This daringly unprecedented provocation sparked chaos in Japan’s northern Hokkaido island where the Prime Minister Shinzo […]


Our “Fish-less” Oceans

On Monday, environmental group Sea Shepherd’s founder Paul Watson announced a ceasefire on all activities against Japanese whalers, citing limited resources as their primary reason. Watson stated that with Japan now employing military surveillance to monitor Sea Shepherd ship movements in real time by satellite, it is impossible for them […]