By Peter Symonds, 7 March 2014
Japanese support for the US confrontation with Russia is undermining Tokyo’s efforts over the past year to forge closer ties with Moscow.
By Peter Symonds, 28 February 2014
US imperialism, following its wars of aggression in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, is preparing for a new and more terrible conflict against China.
By John Watanabe, 26 February 2014
Japan’s central bank decided to expand its massive monetary easing program.
By Will Morrow, 24 February 2014
No faith can be placed in any of TEPCO’s claims about the extent of radioactive material that has reached the environment.
By John Watanabe, 14 February 2014
The restructuring of Toyota’s operations, within Japan and internationally, is aimed at driving down wages and increasing exploitation.
By Peter Symonds, 11 February 2014
The turnout was just 46.1 percent, down from 62.6 percent in 2012, and the third lowest figure ever.
By Peter Symonds, 8 February 2014
The denial of crimes such as the Rape of Nanking has only one meaning—it is the ideological preparation for new wars and new atrocities.
By John Watanabe, 5 February 2014
The government stacked the NHK’s board with right-wing appointees to shift the public broadcaster’s political orientation.
By Peter Symonds, 4 February 2014
The Obama administration has seized on an insubstantial Asahi Shimbun article to stir up tensions with China over the South China Sea.
By John Watanabe, 31 January 2014
The election is being held amid growing public opposition to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 January 2014
Both Japan and India are concerned to counter the growth of China’s economic and strategic influence in Asia.
By Peter Symonds, 29 January 2014
Asia in 2014 bears chilling resemblance to Europe in 1914.
By John Watanabe, 20 January 2014
The JCP is seeking to channel popular discontent by forming a new alliance that would posture as the only viable opposition to the Abe government.
By John Watanabe, 16 January 2014
The trip was aimed at expanding Japanese influence in Africa and curbing China’s presence in this strategically vital region.
By Kumaran Ira, 13 January 2014
Japan’s foreign and defense ministers visited Paris for “two-plus-two” talks with their French counterparts last Thursday.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 10 January 2014
Tokyo is seeking to integrate New Delhi into a US-led strategic alliance against China.
By Peter Symonds, 8 January 2014
In the midst of the Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute with China, the Japanese government announced that it was registering another 280 remote islands as state property.
By Peter Symonds, 31 December 2013
US Defence Secretary Hagel hailed the decision as “the most significant milestone” in the realignment of US forces in the region.
By Peter Symonds, 27 December 2013
Abe’s visit to the notorious Yasukuni Shrine to Japan’s war dead is part of his campaign to whitewash past war crimes in order to prepare for new ones.
By Peter Symonds, 19 December 2013
The military buildup is part of a strategic re-orientation of the Japanese armed forces to more aggressively confront China.
By John Chan, 16 December 2013
The strategic documents outline a drive to strengthen the US-Japan alliance and expand Japan’s military buildup.
By Peter Symonds, 10 December 2013
The Japanese government is intensifying the pressure on China by soliciting support in South East Asia to oppose Beijing’s ADIZ and convene an international meeting on the issue.
By Ben McGrath, 10 December 2013
The secrecy law is a crucial part of Abe’s efforts to remilitarise Japan and strengthen US-Japan alliance against China.
By Peter Symonds, 4 December 2013
The US seized on the Chinese ADIZ to strengthen its alliances with Japan and South Korea, as part of its “pivot” to Asia.
By Peter Symonds, 3 December 2013
The prime responsibility for last week’s flare-up of tensions in the East China Sea lies with Obama’s “pivot to Asia” aimed at undermining China economically and militarily.
By Peter Symonds, 30 November 2013
The incident—the first time China has scrambled fighters in response to a US or Japanese incursion—underscores the danger of a clash.
By John Chan, 29 November 2013
Miscalculations in the current situation could quickly lead to a clash involving Chinese warplanes with those from Japan, the US or South Korea.
By John Chan, 25 November 2013
The Obama administration criticised the Chinese air defence zone and reiterated that the US-Japan Security Treaty will apply if war breaks out between China and Japan over the disputed Senkaku islands.
By John Watanabe, 16 November 2013
The bill will expand the range of secret government information, paving the way for closer involvement in the US military build-up against China.
By John Chan, 6 November 2013
Massive exercises, staged not far from the disputed Diaoyu/Senkakus islands, have become the focal point for a war of words between Tokyo and Beijing.
By Peter Symonds, 29 October 2013
Abe’s stance on the Senkaku islands is part of a broader strategy to reassert Japanese imperialism’s interests throughout the region.
By Peter Symonds, 5 October 2013
The talks announced deployments of hi-tech US weaponry to Japan and a green light for Japanese remilitarisation, in the framework of “a more robust alliance”.
By John Chan, 4 October 2013
The US Secretary of State and Defence Secretary yesterday sent a strong message that the American military build-up in Asia would continue.
By John Watanabe, 25 September 2013
The increased spending is in line with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s turn to the remilitarisation of Japan.
By John Chan, 16 September 2013
Both Japan and China engaged in risky military manoeuvres on the anniversary of Tokyo’s nationalisation of the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.
By John Watanabe, 7 September 2013
Financial markets demand the scheduled doubling of Japan’s consumption tax, but sections of the ruling elite fear social unrest and the negative impact on economic growth.
By John Marion, 4 September 2013
Water leaking from Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear reactor is so radioactive that exposure to it for four hours would be deadly.
By John Marion, 28 August 2013
This latest threat to public health comes after revelations that radioactive water from underground storage tanks and groundwater has leaked into the ocean.
By John Chan, 17 August 2013
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe marked Thursday’s anniversary of Japan’s wartime surrender by again indicating his determination to revive Japanese militarism.
By John Chan, 12 August 2013
The Izumo is the latest attempt to circumvent the pacifist clause in the country’s constitution that nominally bans offensive weapons.
By Peter Symonds, 7 August 2013
Japan’s nuclear regulatory authority has offered no solution to what it has declared as an emergency.
By Peter Symonds, 3 August 2013
Japanese militarism has been deliberately encouraged by the Obama administration as part of its “pivot to Asia”, aimed at encircling China militarily.
By John Watanabe, 31 July 2013
The draft constitution prepared by Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party scraps fundamental democratic rights.
By John Chan, 29 July 2013
The report is in line with Prime Minister Abe’s calls for a “strong Japan” and a “strong military."
By John Chan, 26 July 2013
Japan scrambled fighter jets on Wednesday after a Chinese military aircraft flew between the main island of Okinawa Prefecture and Miyako Island, south of Japan.
By Peter Symonds, 22 July 2013
Prime Minister Abe will use his control of both parliamentary houses to advance his right-wing agenda of militarism and austerity.
By John Chan, 13 July 2013
The defence white paper adopts a belligerent tone toward China and emphasises expanding Japan’s military capacities and ties with Washington.
By Peter Symonds, 9 July 2013
The main reason for the LDP’s lead is the collapse of support for the opposition DPJ, which came to power in 2009 and reneged on its election promises.
By Ben McGrath, 18 June 2013
Prime Minister Abe visited Burma and met with the Indian prime minister last month as part of his “strategic diplomacy” to rebuild Japan as a major power.
By John Chan, 29 May 2013
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang used the Potsdam Declaration to challenge Japanese sovereignty over the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku islands.
By Nick Beams, 27 May 2013
A key element in the Japanese stock market was the fear of a crisis if the Fed cuts back its “quantitative easing” program
By Ben McGrath, 25 May 2013
The secret trip to North Korea by an advisor of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has raised questions concerning Japan’s intentions in the Korean Peninsula.
By Alex Lantier, 24 May 2013
The one-day 7.3 percent drop in Japan’s Nikkei stock index came amid signs of a growing global slump and demands for attacks on the working class in Japan.
By John Chan, 23 May 2013
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto recently declared that the Japanese army’s policy of keeping thousands of women as sex slaves during World War II was necessary.
By John Chan, 18 May 2013
China’s state-owned People’s Daily published a provocative article last week implicitly asserting Chinese claims over Okinawa.
By John Watanabe, 16 May 2013
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe commemorated the anniversary of the end of the US occupation by reviving symbols of Imperial Japan.
By Peter Symonds, 7 May 2013
Japan is preparing to open a huge plutonium reprocessing plant that can manufacture fuel not only for power reactors, but for nuclear weapons.
By John Watanabe, 6 May 2013
Japan’s richest man declared that workers must accept wages at the level of developing countries.
By Mark Church and James Cogan, 3 May 2013
The deployment of the HMAS Sydney is part of preparations by the Australian military for participation in larger US operations to contain China.
By Ben McGrath, 3 May 2013
Behind the growing tensions between Japan and South Korea are not just disputes over past history, but present-day economic and geo-political rivalry.
By Peter Symonds, 23 April 2013
The decision to visit the Yasukuni Shrine is another sign of the militarist agenda being pursued by the Abe government.
By Nick Beams, 13 April 2013
The Bank of Japan’s “quantitative easing” policy will both fuel the deepening global economic crisis and stimulate further attacks on the Japanese working class.
By John Watanabe, 11 April 2013
TEPCO and the government are, as always, trying to downplay the significance of the leakages.
By Nick Beams, 6 April 2013
The Bank of Japan has unveiled a government bond-buying program of unprecedented proportions.
By Peter Symonds, 18 March 2013
While dressed up as “free trade”, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is in reality a trade war measure.
Two years after earthquake
By Peter Symonds, 11 March 2013
More than 300,000 evacuees are living in temporary accommodation and reconstruction has barely begun.
By Peter Symonds, 5 March 2013
Abe’s remarks are an unmistakeable declaration that he will, if necessary, go to war with China over disputed islands in the East China Sea.
By Peter Symonds, 2 March 2013
Abe compared his stance in the island dispute with China with that of Margaret Thatcher during the Falklands war between Britain and Argentina.
By Peter Symonds, 27 February 2013
Ex-assistant secretary of state Kurt Campbell described the escalating tensions between China and Japan as the most difficult situation he had faced.
By Alex Lantier, 26 February 2013
Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo pledged the closest collaboration with the US as Obama pursues his aggressive “pivot to Asia” against China.
By Peter Symonds, 7 February 2013
The latest Japanese claims come on top of months of escalating friction between the two countries following Tokyo’s “nationalisation” of the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.
By Peter Symonds, 26 January 2013
The new Abe government is pursuing an aggressive nationalist program on two fronts: remilitarisation and a unilateralist monetary policy.
By Peter Symonds, 25 January 2013
Aso is seeking to cultivate a political constituency for a far-reaching assault on the most vulnerable sections of the working class.
By Peter Symonds, 22 January 2013
Clinton’s comments were a thinly-disguised warning that the US could intervene if China continued to challenge Japanese control over the contested islands.
By Peter Symonds, 17 January 2013
With Washington’s encouragement, Japan’s new government is pursuing an aggressive diplomatic and military strategy against China.
By Joseph Santolan, 12 January 2013
The meeting was calculated to defuse long-standing historical objections to Japanese expansionism throughout the South East Asian region.
By Peter Symonds, 8 January 2013
While the latest incidents have not escalated into a dangerous diplomatic row, each had the potential to do so.
By Peter Symonds, 27 December 2012
Prime Minister Abe has not resiled from the aggressive nationalist policies that he promoted during the election campaign.
By Peter Symonds, 19 December 2012
The right-wing nationalism that pervaded the election campaign signals the determination of the Japanese ruling class to reassert its interests by every means, including military force.
By Peter Symonds, 17 December 2012
The election outcome was not a positive vote for the LDP, but an overwhelming rejection of the ruling DPJ.
By Peter Symonds, 15 December 2012
Both countries have exploited the issue to stir up nationalism to divert attention from a worsening economic and social crisis at home.
By Peter Symonds, 8 December 2012
The rightward shift in Japanese politics is a warning of the dangers facing the working class as a consequence of the worsening breakdown of global capitalism.
By Oliver Campbell, 4 December 2012
Questions have been raised about the tunnel operator’s safety inspections.
By Peter Symonds, 30 November 2012
The establishment of the Japan Future Party is another sign of deepening political crisis in the lead up to the December 16 election.
By Peter Symonds, 24 November 2012
The election campaign is rapidly becoming a contest with each of the parties seeking to outbid each other as proponents of nationalism and militarism.
By Peter Symonds, 16 November 2012
The ruling DPJ appears to be headed for defeat just three years after coming to power.
By Nick Beams, 15 November 2012
Japan faces the prospect of entering its fifth recession in the past 15 years.
By Peter Symonds, 24 October 2012
By encouraging Japan to aggressively assert its interests, the Obama administration is responsible for the current tensions with China.
By John Chan, 17 October 2012
The escalating diplomatic row between China and Japan led to a boycott of IMF/World Bank talks in Tokyo by top Chinese financial officials.
By Alex Lantier, 16 October 2012
Washington is deepening its support for Japan in its standoff with China over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.
By Nick Beams, 9 October 2012
The annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank which starts in Tokyo today comes amid growing signs of a major economic downturn.
By John Chan, 8 October 2012
The conflict between the governments in the world’s second and third largest economies over disputed islands in the East China Sea could compound global economic turmoil.
By Peter Symonds, 27 September 2012
Shinzo Abe, who was elected yesterday as LDP leader, is well known for his right-wing nationalist views.
By Peter Symonds, 26 September 2012
Despite talks between Chinese and Japanese officials, tensions remain high over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.
By Peter Symonds, 22 September 2012
While appealing for calm between Japan and China, Panetta took further steps to bolster the US-Japan alliance, exacerbating an already tense standoff.
By John Chan, 21 September 2012
Both governments have seized on the dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands to whip up chauvinism to deflect attention from deepening social and economic crises at home.
By John Chan, 19 September 2012
Both the Chinese and Japanese governments have stirred nationalist “public opinion” to such levels that it could drive them into a military confrontation.
By Peter Symonds, 13 September 2012
The dispute has the potential to escalate into a dangerous confrontation between the world’s second and third largest economies.
By Ben McGrath, 6 September 2012
Tokyo and Seoul have refused to back away from competing claims over the Dokdo/Takeshima islands.