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JSW on Bloomberg (April 10th)

James Simpson on Bloomberg TV

James Simpson on Bloomberg TV

I was invited to give a few comments on Bloomberg’s ON THE MOVE ASIA with Rishaad Salamat to discuss David Cameron’s visit to Japan and the tie-up of British and Japanese defense development. I’d like to thank the staff at Bloomberg’s Asia Offices in Hong Kong for the opportunity. It was a great experience.

 

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A Tohoku Earthquake Retrospective...

A Tohoku Earthquake Retrospective…

One year on, James Simpson remembers the Tohoku Earthquake and considers the challenges its has posed, and those that continue to lie ahead.

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The Next Day

The Next Day

Yesterday I experienced the most surreal moments my still short life has had to offer: terra firma swaying like the deck of a storm-stricken ship, and a two-hour walk home through absolute darkness in the outskirts of the world’s largest city. My wife returned home after an eight-hour walk, a fellow refugee from Tokyo in...

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On Pearl Harbor and Japan Security Watch

On Pearl Harbor and Japan Security Watch

Sixty nine years ago today, my grandparents were on a fishing trip to the Marin County, California town of Tiburon. Fishing has always been a big deal in my family, which should probably be no surprise to any Japanese American. I have no idea how they did, but by the time they returned to San...

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Help me ID these Japanese historical figures

Can anyone tell me who these men are? I recognize Saigo Takamori, but the rest are a mystery to me. I’m guessing the other three have some Choshu/Satsuma link as well. Source revealed in a day or two. Thanks!

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Hiroshima

Friday was the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. I was out fishing. Oops. Anyway, Hiroshima may be a bit out of the realm of this blog, but I still thought I’d say a few things. (I actually started this post on the day, but wasn’t able to finish.) Hiroshima has never been...

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As a matter of disclosure…

…there’s something I should mention. I have a family member who is ex-MSDF. And had another who was ASDF. Yes, really, me, the guy whom most of my family has been in the U.S. for a hundred years–or more. I had a relative in the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force. He’s not that distant a relative,...

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