Japan


From Regional To Global: China Opens Its First Military Base Abroad

On the 1st of August, a flag raising ceremony was held in Djibouti to celebrate the formal opening of China’s first overseas military base. The Chinese government started to build the base last year and its opening coincides with the 90th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army, which is the […]


Trumplomacy’s Test: The Launch of Hwasong-14

“We will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism,” President Donald Trump declared in a campaign speech in April 2016, promising to put ‘America First.’ ‘Economic nationalism’ and ‘national security’ would be the pillars upon which Trump’s diplomacy was built. With North Korea’s […]


North Korea Tests Newest ICBM

On July 28, North Korea conducted its latest in a series of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests. Launched at 23:41 North Korean time, the missile launched from the Jagang province, which is located in the north of the nation. The missile has been reported to have reached an altitude of […]


Multi-Nation Response To North Korean Missile Testing

On Saturday, July 8, 2017, two United States bombers were flown out to the Korean Peninsula to join South Korean and Japanese fighters to partake in a joint-training mission. This practice bombing run is in response to North Korea’s recent claim of a successful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, as […]


Eight Years Of Strategic Patience Later, Are We Any Closer To Peace In The Korean Peninsula?

It has been sixty-seven years since the end of the Korean War, and relations between the North (or DPRK) and South are as tense as ever. The reclusive North, virtually a leper state, pursues a bellicose, righteous foreign policy narrative punctuated by the long-range missile tests for which it has […]


North Korea Defies UN Security Council And Tests New Type Of Ballistic Missile

On Sunday the 14th of May, North Korea tested a new type of ballistic rocket, claimed by the regime to be capable of carrying nuclear a large nuclear warhead. According to the state news agency KNCA, the missile, Hwasong-12, was launched at 4:58 AM and reached an altitude of 2,111.5 km and flew 787 km away to open […]


North Korean Economy Brings New Need For Talks With China

Since the Korean War, North Korea has seen harsh economic sanctions placed on it, which has served to limit its growth. In particularly hard times, famine has even struck the country as the Kim dynasty clings to power. Despite these sanctions, according to a recent New York Times report, the […]


Shinzo Abe Announces Plans To Amend Japan’s Pacifist Constitution

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced his plans in attempting to change Japan’s pacifist constitution, saying he hopes revisions will take place by 2020. Abe hopes to amend the pacifist constitution that has been in place since enacted by American occupiers after World War II. The constitution was enacted […]