Category Archives: Nippon


Japan won’t “just sit and wait for its own death”

North Korea’s increasingly bellicose demeanor, a second nuclear weapons test, various short and long range missile tests have prompted some unusually aggressive policy measures from Japan. Via Asia Times: <blockquote>The Japanese government, led by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), … Continue reading

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The Character of Japan

Which of the following statements comes closest to describing how you feel, on the whole, about the people who live in Japan? The Japanese people will always want to go to war to make themselves as powerful as possible – … Continue reading

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Pleading for calm since 1879

From Donald Keen’s Emperor of Japan: Meiji and His World, 1852-1912: President Ulysses S. Grant was the first former president to visit Japan, which he did in 1879. He met with the Meiji Emperor and advised him on a number … Continue reading

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1973 and 2001

On October 17, 1973, members of Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries chose to embargo the United States, Western Europe and Japan for their support of Israel in the Yom Kippur War. Both the United States and Japan responded by … Continue reading

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Core/Gap Talk by Japan’s Top Ministers

The story below is blockquoted in full. Man, you couldn’t sound more like Tom Barnett no matter how hard you tried. Japan to nurture new foreign policy with India, Turkey Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Shotaro Yachi set off on … Continue reading

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Abe in ME

After his first visit to the US, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took a seven day trip through the Middle East visiting Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Egypt. Two interesting things (in my mind) happened on this … Continue reading

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I’m free!

YH sings, “No more sailors, no more boats, no more bunker delivery notes!” Today was my last day as a “bunker agent”: By far, the worst experience in my life. If you want to know why, read my post “On … Continue reading

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In Formation

Planes from the USS Kitty Hawk, based in Yokosuka, Japan, flying in formation near Mt. Fuji, from a Yahoo! news file photo. Read about my tour of the Kitty Hawk here and here.

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Nagasaki Mayor Assasinated

US and international newspapers are headlining with the tragedy at Virginia Tech two days ago when a student went on a shooting rampage that left at least 32 people dead. In many developed countries, it’s easy to think the gun … Continue reading

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Crowded in Tokyo

I was up in Tokyo over the weekend for a very special event. One thing never ceases to amaze me about Tokyo: the amount of people! Besides the regular throngs of shoppers, goths and ugly maids this weekend was particularly … Continue reading

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