By Ben McGrath, 18 June 2016
The Abe government’s push for remilitarization is driving political tensions in Japan.
By Peter Symonds, 16 June 2016
The Malabar war games involving the US, Japanese and Indian navies are “complex, high-end, war-fighting exercises” aimed against China.
By Ben McGrath, 31 May 2016
Victims of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki fear they will continue to be ignored following the US president’s trip.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 May 2016
The visit to Hiroshima displayed in full the hypocrisy for which the Nobel Prize-winning president is so well known, but in this case magnified through the lens of one of history’s greatest war crimes.
By Joseph Kishore, 27 May 2016
President Barack Obama visits Hiroshima today, but will make no apology for the US dropping of the atomic bomb on the city. The WSWS is republishing an essay that first appeared on the 60th anniversary of that horrible crime.
By Andre Damon, 13 May 2016
The American president will travel to Hiroshima not to apologize for past crimes, but to prepare new ones.
By Peter Symonds, 18 April 2016
The response of the Japanese government has been a military one—despatching some 20,000 troops as part of rescue and relief operations.
By Peter Symonds, 9 April 2016
The Washington think tank’s proposed “federated defence” is nothing but a system of military alliances to prepare for war with China—akin to the alliances that preceded the previous two world wars.
By Peter Symonds, 29 March 2016
The implementation of the military legislation is a major step in the revival of Japanese militarism, encouraged by Washington as part of its war preparations against China.
By Ben McGrath, 29 March 2016
A negative interest rate introduced in January by the Bank of Japan has done nothing to promote economic growth.
By Nick Beams, 15 March 2016
Markets are awaiting decisions by the Bank of Japan and the US Fed on monetary policies as concerns grow over negative interest rates.
By Ben McGrath, 10 March 2016
As it seeks to reopen the country’s nuclear plants, the government is opposing even the limited charges of negligence in connection with the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe.
By Nick Beams, 17 February 2016
The latest statistics from the world’s second and third largest economies underscore the worsening world downturn.
By Ben McGrath, 15 February 2016
Far from backtracking from last year’s unconstitutional military laws, Abe is pressing forward with long-held plans for wholesale constitutional revision.
By Nick Beams, 10 February 2016
All eyes in global financial markets will be on Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen as she delivers testimony to the US Congress Wednesday.
By Ben McGrath, 6 February 2016
The proposed launch has further raised tensions following Pyongyang’s fourth nuclear test and will undoubtedly be exploited by the US to justify its military buildup in Asia.
By Nick Beams, 30 January 2016
A quarter of the world’s gross domestic product now emanates from countries with negative official interest rates, an unprecedented situation in the history of world capitalism.
By Peter Symonds, 22 January 2016
Japan, like the US, is exploiting the tensions in the disputed waters to advance its own economic and strategic interests in South East Asia.
By Peter Symonds, 7 January 2016
The test will heighten the tense situation in North East Asia generated by the Obama administration’s confrontational “pivot to Asia” against China.
By John Roberts, 31 December 2015
Amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, Indonesia has adopted a tougher approach to China, while at the same time seeking to avoid open confrontation.
By Ben McGrath, 30 December 2015
The deal will be welcomed in Washington which has been pressing its two allies to mend their rift and collaborate more closely in the US “pivot to Asia” against China.
By Peter Symonds, 19 December 2015
As Japanese and Australian leaders met in Tokyo, an American paper reported a US military intrusion into Chinese-claimed air space in the South China Sea.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 19 December 2015
While currently proceeding under the aegis of the US “pivot,” Abe’s push for a closer partnership with India is driven by Japanese imperialism’s own substantial military-strategic and economic ambitions.
By Ben McGrath, 10 December 2015
Extensive protests have taken place against the construction of a new US military base in Okinawa.
By Ben McGrath, 30 November 2015
No-one claimed responsibility for the blast, but given the Yasukuni Shrine’s role as a symbol for Japanese militarism, the bombing may have political motivations.
By Nick Beams, 18 November 2015
The deepening economic slump in Japan points to the failure of the program of “Abenomics” to provide any real economic boost.
By Nick Beams, 3 November 2015
Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, is hovering on the brink of recession as quantitative easing fails to provide a boost.
By Ben McGrath, 2 November 2015
The lack of any reference by China to maritime disputes or Japan’s whitewashing of the crimes of its military in the 1930s and 1940s was a significant concession to Tokyo.
By Peter Symonds, 20 October 2015
The triennial fleet review staged in seas near Tokyo on Sunday was part of the US-led military preparations for new provocations against China.
By K. Ratnayake, 15 October 2015
The Colombo government is enmeshing Sri Lanka in the geo-political interests of the US and its allies, including Japan, directed against China.
By Ben McGrath, 12 October 2015
After forcing through unpopular military legislation, Prime Minister Abe is seeking to press ahead with new pro-market restructuring and austerity measures.
By Nick Beams, 8 October 2015
The foundation of the TPP is not free trade but an alliance between the US and Japan to weaken China and create the conditions for reducing it to semi-colonial status.
By Ben McGrath, 5 October 2015
The government regards the sale of weapons both as the means to enhance Japan’s strategic influence globally and increase the profits of its arms industry.
By Ben McGrath, 21 September 2015
Despite widespread protests, the Abe government has now passed laws that will allow the Japanese military to engage in US-led wars abroad.
By Ben McGrath, 18 September 2015
The S&P move is a signal to Japan that the financial markets demand further measures to shift the economic burden onto the backs of the working class.
By a WSWS reporting team, 17 September 2015
While opposition to the bills and war is widespread, there is no genuine anti-war alternative among the protest organisations.
By our reporters, 17 September 2015
A WSWS reporting team conducted discussions and interviews with participants in last weekend’s protests against the Abe government’s military legislation.
By Ben McGrath, 7 September 2015
The government is pressing to pass the deeply unpopular bills before the current parliamentary session ends on September 27.
By Peter Symonds, 2 September 2015
The latest defence budget increase, to fund the purchase of sophisticated new hardware and the expansion of bases, will push Japanese military spending to record levels.
By Ben McGrath, 31 August 2015
The widespread hostility to the new security laws reflects the deep-rooted anti-war sentiment in Japan, especially in the working class.
By Peter Symonds, 26 August 2015
Abe’s presence at Chinese ceremonies to mark the end of the “War of Resistance to Japanese Aggression” would have been unacceptable to the extreme right in Japan.
By Barry Grey, 19 August 2015
Seven years after the Wall Street crash, fears are growing within ruling circles internationally that the world capitalist economy is descending into depression.
By Barry Grey, 18 August 2015
The Japanese report followed a wave of negative data pointing to sharply slower growth in China and last week’s surprise devaluation of the renminbi.
By Peter Symonds, 17 August 2015
Abe’s speech maintained a veneer of pacifism and contrition even as his government expands Japan’s military forces and prepares for new wars.
By Roger Jordan, 13 August 2015
Canada’s government and business elite are livid over a US-Japanese deal that would undermine its privileged access to the US auto market.
By Ben McGrath, 11 August 2015
A Nagasaki survivor recounted the horrors of the blast and denounced Prime Minister Abe’s moves to amend Japan’s post-World War II constitution.
By Ben McGrath, 7 August 2015
The historians’ statement comes just over two weeks before Abe’s scheduled speech on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
By Peter Symonds, 6 August 2015
Washington’s use of the atomic weapons was aimed at terrorising not just the Japanese regime, but above all the Soviet Union, and ensuring post-war American global dominance.
By Ben McGrath, 4 August 2015
WikiLeaks documents show that NSA surveillance not only covered top government figures but also major Japanese corporations.
By Ben McGrath, 27 July 2015
According to opinion polls, more than 60 percent of the population opposes security legislation that allows Japan to take part in US-led wars.
By Peter Symonds, 23 July 2015
By demanding a halt to China’s oil-and-gas exploration platforms in the East China Sea, Tokyo is adding another potential flashpoint for conflict with Beijing.
By Sarath Kumara, 22 July 2015
In line with the US “pivot,” Japan hopes that its Bangladesh investments will boost its political weight in South Asia and undercut Chinese influence.
By Richard Phillips, 21 July 2015
Miyazaki’s denunciations of the Abe government are another indication of widespread anti-war sentiment in Japan.
By Oscar Grenfell, 17 July 2015
The passage of the laws marks a further stage in the militarist “reinterpretation” of Japan’s nominally pacifist constitution.
By James Cogan, 7 July 2015
For the first time, Japanese forces will participate in the biennial joint Australian and US “Talisman Sabre” exercise.
By Oliver Campbell, 27 June 2015
The talks took place amid an escalation of Washington’s diplomatic, military and economic campaign against China.
By Ben McGrath, 20 June 2015
Thousands gathered over the weekend to oppose bills to expand the role of the armed forces and its capacity to wage war.
By Nick Beams, 11 June 2015
The invocation by Japanese central banker Haruhiko Kuroda of “Peter Pan” economics is a graphic expression of the bewilderment of those supposedly in control of the world economy.
By Peter Symonds, 9 June 2015
Directed against Chinese activities in the South China Sea, the final G7 communiqué “strongly opposed” any changes to the status quo in the world’s oceans, “such as large-scale land reclamation.”
By Ben McGrath, 27 May 2015
Numerous rallies have been held recently, on Okinawa and elsewhere in Japan, against the planned relocation of a US Marine base on the island.
By Nick Beams, 23 May 2015
Tensions over the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank surfaced again this week when Japan announced it would provide $110 billion for infrastructure investment.
By Ben McGrath, 16 May 2015
The new laws will allow Japan to play a far larger military role in US-led wars around the world.
By James Cogan, 15 May 2015
Every country in the region, to one degree or another, is embroiled in the war danger.
By Ben McGrath, 11 May 2015
Nearly 200 historians published a statement last Tuesday calling on Tokyo to cease distorting the history of comfort women.
By Peter Symonds, 30 April 2015
Abe’s address to the US Congress was pitched at cementing US-Japanese military collaboration in Asia against an unstated enemy—China.
By Nick Beams, 29 April 2015
China was not directly mentioned by name following the signing of a new military agreement between the US and Japan, but there is no doubt it is the target.
By Ben McGrath, 17 April 2015
The near-record low turnout is another indication of broad public alienation from the political establishment and parliamentary set-up as a whole.
By Peter Symonds, 23 March 2015
Australia’s involvement in training Japanese spies demonstrates just how closely the two US allies are intertwined with Washington’s war preparations against China.
By Ben McGrath, 19 March 2015
The crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is still decades from being decommissioned and environmental problems continue to mount.
By Peter Symonds, 14 March 2015
The US maritime strategic document released yesterday is a recipe for intensifying tensions in Asia and compounding the danger of war with China.
By Ben McGrath, 12 March 2015
Tokyo is exploiting fears of terrorism to promote remilitarization plans that have long been under preparation and are broadly opposed by the population.
By Ben McGrath, 6 March 2015
Compared to past speeches Park Geun-hye appeared to pull her punches on the crimes of Japanese imperialism in the 1930s and 1940s.
By Ben McGrath, 27 February 2015
The revision of history is bound up with the government’s plans to remilitarize and to end constitutional restrictions on operations of the Japanese military.
By Ben McGrath, 21 February 2015
The decision on foreign military aid is just one aspect of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s far broader agenda to revive Japanese militarism.
By Peter Symonds, 19 February 2015
The Japanese ruling class increasingly views the post-war constitution as an intolerable impediment to pursuing its imperialist ambitions in Asia and internationally.
By Ben McGrath, 16 February 2015
American historians have signed a statement condemning the Japanese government’s attempts to whitewash the military’s abuse of “comfort women” in the 1930s and 1940s.
By Peter Symonds, 14 February 2015
Central to Abe’s “reform” agenda is the removal of constraints on the use of the military to prosecute Japanese imperialism's strategic interests.
By Ben McGrath, 6 February 2015
Prime Minister Abe’s justification of the past crimes of Japanese imperialism, including the abuse of “comfort women,” is in order to prepare for new wars.
By Peter Symonds, 4 February 2015
Abe is exploiting the murder of two Japanese hostages to call for legislation to further expand the scope for dispatching Japan’s armed forces overseas.
By Ben McGrath, 31 January 2015
The Jordanian, Japanese and US governments are all seeking to exploit the hostage crisis for militarist purposes.
By Ben McGrath, 28 January 2015
The Abe government plans to introduce 10 new laws lifting restrictions on the dispatch of the Japanese military overseas.
By Ben McGrath, 26 January 2015
The apparent murder of one of the hostages held by ISIS, Haruna Yukawa, comes as Japan plans to expand its military presence in the Middle East.
By Ben McGrath, 26 January 2015
The deaths are another reminder of the ongoing dangers at the tsunami-affected Fukushima Daiichi complex, and the official disregard for workers’ health and safety.
By Will Morrow, 16 January 2015
The government left no doubt that the increase is part of preparations for war with China.
By Nick Beams, 14 January 2015
Oil prices on Tuesday sank further toward their levels of 2009, while bond yields hit zero in Japan.
By Ben McGrath, 5 January 2015
If passed, the legislation will give the government far broader scope to go to war in the name of “collective self-defense.”
By Ben McGrath, 31 December 2014
While the memorandum of understanding is nominally directed against North Korea, the US clearly wants an agreement that targets China as well.
By Peter Symonds, 15 December 2014
The turnout of just 52 percent reflects widespread alienation from the entire political establishment and its agenda of austerity and remilitarisation.
By Peter Symonds, 13 December 2014
The ruling LDP is preparing to accelerate plans for Japan’s remilitarisation, including on the ideological front, if it retains office in tomorrow’s election.
By Ben McGrath, 12 December 2014
The right-wing Abe government passed the anti-democratic legislation as a means of blocking opposition to its agenda of austerity and remilitarisation.
By Peter Symonds, 2 December 2014
The credit downgrade was a warning to the next government to implement harsh austerity measures to bring down Japan’s massive public debt.
By Peter Symonds, 19 November 2014
Prime Minister Abe called the poll just a day after economic data showed that the country was in recession.
By Nick Beams, 18 November 2014
The shock announcement that Japan’s economy shrank for the second quarter in a row dealt a major blow to “Abenomics.”
By Patrick Kelly, 13 November 2014
New military “confidence-building mechanisms” resolve none of the issues underlying Washington’s confrontation of China.
By Ben McGrath, 11 November 2014
Abe’s brief talks with Xi are not a sign of an easing of Tokyo’s agenda of reviving Japanese militarism.
By Nick Beams, 3 November 2014
The Japanese central bank’s surprise announcement of new monetary stimulus measures has led to accusations that it is trying to export deflation and warnings of a currency war.
By Mike Head, 28 October 2014
The impasse points to the underlying conflicts between the interests of the US and those of its current allies such as Japan.
By Ben McGrath, 24 October 2014
The visit is part of the Abe government’s agenda of whitewashing the Japanese army’s war crimes in the 1930s and 1940s and remilitarising Japan.
By Ben McGrath, 22 October 2014
The resignations of the ministers is evidence of a further right-wing shift in the Abe government.
By Elle Chapman, 22 September 2014
Produced over 25 years ago, the Japanese animation feature is a unique and emotionally intense story set in Kobe during the last months of World War II.