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Japan to Set Up LNG Futures Market

Japan is completing steps to launch a derivatives market for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). While oil has long been traded in both spot…

The Limits of Japan’s Solar Energy “Gold Rush”

The Limits of Japan’s Solar Energy “Gold Rush”

More than two years after the Fukushima disaster, the effects of the government’s first efforts to reduce the nation’s dependency on nuclear power…

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Former Ginowan Mayor Yoichi Iha says anti-base sentiment in Okinawa remains the consensus…

A march by the far left "Anti-Imperial System Action Network" is met by a ferocious series of counter-demonstrations by rightwing activists, with a thin line of riot police…

Oliver Stone criticizes massive US government surveillance as a violation of basic democratic rights and praises Edward Snowden as a hero who give up his own well-being for…

A young group of Japanese activists perform a song and zombie dance to express disapproval of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.…

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Japan and Canada Move Forward on Energy and Security

Japan and Canada Move Forward on Energy and Security

Canada is one of those countries whose relations with Japan seldom prompt front page news. However, in addition to sharing some key interests, certain developments may help the…

Restarting the Nuclear Reactor Restart Battle

Restarting the Nuclear Reactor Restart Battle

The results of Sunday’s House of Councillors election are a foregone conclusion in light of the electoral district system and the number of candidates run by each party.…

Rejoining the Nuclear Village

Rejoining the Nuclear Village

For several months we had been thinking that the success of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, or NRA, might represent one of the truly under-appreciated stories of 2013. For…

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Defense Ministry Breaks Local Resistance on Okinawa’s Yonaguni Island

Defense Ministry Breaks Local Resistance on Okinawa’s Yonaguni Island

Last year the Defense Ministry began floating a plan to the media suggesting that they wanted to build a GSDF radar base on the remote…

Beijing Questions Okinawa Sovereignty

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The ‘China Threat’ Narrative Stumbles

The ‘China Threat’ Narrative Stumbles

The Mainichi Shinbun has opened the year with a blockbuster exclusive news story that is likely…

Abe’s Grand Strategy

Abe’s Trip to Southeast Asia Highlights both Economy and Security

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Reporters Without Borders Urges Abandonment of Secrecy Bill

Reporters Without Borders Urges Abandonment of Secrecy Bill

Reporters Without Borders, an organization founded in Montpellier, France, in 1985 for the purpose of preventing…

Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan Hits Government Secrecy Bill

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Skytree Brings In 50 Million Visitors

Skytree Brings In 50 Million Visitors

Tokyo Skytree, the world’s largest broadcasting tower, is reaching two important milestones in the month of…

Kanami’s Wind in the Pines Heading to Canada