Guest Posts
Satellites Stack Up Over Japan: Chinese Satellites Fall into Line, Too

Satellites Stack Up Over Japan: Chinese Satellites Fall into Line, Too

[The following guest post is courtesy of Peter J. Brown.]   One recent entry on the “SpaceAID” satellite tasking page which was posted by the UN Platform for Space–based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) to track the many satellites passing high over Japan following the earthquake and tsunami has attracted very little...

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STRATFOR: Japan, the Persian Gulf and Energy [Extract]

STRATFOR: Japan, the Persian Gulf and Energy [Extract]

[This is an extract of a special report by STRATFOR, republished in part with their kind permission] Japan’s Nuclear Safety Net Japan is still struggling with the consequences of its economic meltdown in the early 1990s. Rapid growth with low rates of return on capital created a massive financial crisis. Rather than allow a recession...

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Guest Post: In the Wake of Disaster We Pause to Reflect

Guest Post: In the Wake of Disaster We Pause to Reflect

[The following guest post comes from Sam Porter, undergraduate at George Washington University writing for Cornell's Diplomacist blog, and currently on exchange at Kyoto University]   The First Tremors It has now been four days since the “Great Sendai Earthquake” struck Japan on March 11th. Relayed in real time over streaming video on countless Japanese...

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What “Burden”?

What “Burden”?

Here’s another guest post from JSW contributor Shino Hateruma. This is an introductory post by Shino on U.S. – Japanese relations and the bases on Okinawa. Shino is Japanese but identifies herself as Okinawan. Congratulations to Shino for being accepted into the Ph.D. program at Waseda University! Considering the concentration of the military stationed there,...

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Guest Post: "Broken Taboo?"

Guest Post: “Broken Taboo?”

[This guest post was submitted by Hisanori Hirata - an editor and security specialist.] From February 15th to 17th, Sankei Shimbun, one of Japanese five national newspapers, ran a sensational serialization entitled “The Age of Nuclear Domino.” The front page on 15th displayed the results of a survey on Japan’s security issues. It summarized in...

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Asian Security Blog: Japan is an E.U. Country Trapped in Asia

Asian Security Blog: Japan is an E.U. Country Trapped in Asia

Here’s a guest post from Robert Kelly, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Diplomacy, Pusan National University. Robert blogs at the excellent Asian Security Blog. JSW and Asian Security Blog will be cross-posting over the next week or so. The Council of Foreign Relations blog, Asia Unbound, is quite good. If you don’t read it, you probably should...

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Defense Minister Kitazawa Discusses Japan Defense Policy

Defense Minister Kitazawa Discusses Japan Defense Policy

Here’s a guest post by Shino Hateruma, a student at Waseda University’s Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies. Shino is Japanese but identifies as Okinawan, and is interested in U.S. – Japanese relations. This is her first post. Japanese Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa gave a public speech at the symposium of the Japanese Security Policy...

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