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    Pacific Space Age: Implications for the United States

    Competing powers China and Japan are vying for prominence in the Asia–Pacific region as each country pursues development of its space program. At a recent event at The Heritage Foundation, Katsuyuki Kawai, a member of the Japanese House of Representatives, noted, “Space has become the yardstick to measure national capabilities … More

    Asia Pivot Should Be More Than Just Rhetoric and Good Intentions

    President Obama’s impending trip to Asia in April is an opportunity for the U.S. to go beyond mere rhetorical commitment to the Asia pivot. At a recent event at The Heritage Foundation, experts Randy Shriver of Project 2049 and Heritage fellows Bruce Klingner and Walter Lohman laid the framework for … More

    South Korea Needs Trustpolitik…with Japan

    Just when relations between South Korea and Japan appeared unalterably on the road to perdition, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proffered an off-ramp. Abe defied predictions by affirming rather than rejecting Japan’s previous apologies for its wartime atrocities. His stunning reversal provides an unforeseen opportunity to repair relations between America’s … More

    Government of Japan Oversteps Its Bounds

    The Japanese state minister in charge of economic and fiscal policy told reporters last week that the government of Japan would “react” to those firms who don’t fall in line to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic policy, called “Abenomics.” The policy—a combination of loose monetary policy, increased government spending, and … More

    Japan: On-the-Ground Perspective of Volatile Disputes

    On a recent visit by 10 young Heritage Foundation researchers to Tokyo, Japan, the issue of torn relations between Japan and China dominated the majority of our meetings with Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials. There was little substantive talk, though, about how relations will actually be … More

    U.S. Senators to Japan: Do as We Say, Not as We Do?

    A recently released letter from 18 U.S. Senators to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman asked Japan to open its agricultural market to foreign exports in ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations: In previous trade negotiations, the United States requested and received full and comprehensive liberalization in the agricultural sector from … More

    Young Heritage Researchers Back from Japan

    A group of 10 young researchers from The Heritage Foundation just returned to Washington after a two-week stay in Japan. During our trip we met with Diet members, staff from the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and scholars, including those from the Matsushita Institute of Government and … More

    Young Heritage Researchers Group in Japan

    A group of 10 young researchers from The Heritage Foundation arrived in Narita International Airport on Japan’s national Foundation Day holiday (also known as Kenkoku Kinen no Hi), which celebrates the establishment of Japan. The group—consisting of researchers from a variety of backgrounds, including national security, trade, and foreign relations—was … More

    Chinese Military Plays Greater Role in South China Sea Disputes

    China appears increasingly willing to escalate tensions along its periphery as it asserts its claims over various disputed islands and shoals. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently compared Sino–Japanese relations to 1914, suggesting not only that tensions are on the rise but that there is a real potential for conflict. … More

    North Korea Is Asia's Wild Card

    Waves of enemy troops crested the horizon. The nervous young lieutenant turned to his trusted NCO and asked what they should do. “I don’t know about you,” replied the sergeant, “but I’m going to run like hell.” The Korean Peninsula was home to one of the Cold War’s hottest conflicts. … More