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Laurance Allen |
Laurance Allen is editor and publisher of Value News Network.
Florian Coulmas |
Florian Coulmas is Director of the German Institute for Japanese Studies.
Robert Dujarric |
Robert Dujarric is Director, Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies at Temple University Japan Campus in Tokyo.
Donald Trump. . . . . Commander-in-Chief | 11/28/16
Jeffrey D. McCausland
Donald Trump is now president-elect. Despite the bitter opposition that occurred throughout the campaign, all Americans should want him to be successful. This is particularly true for his most important role as commander-in-chief, as he must deal with a variety of significant threats.
Carnegie Council's 2016 Gender Research Delegation to Tokyo, Japan | 11/22/16
Devin T. Stewart
Twelve delegates from seven countries and diverse professional backgrounds visited Tokyo to examine moral issues around gender equality in Japanese society. They participated in classroom discussions, expert lectures, cultural activities, and site visits, and described the trip as "eye opening" and "life-changing."
Powerplay: The Origins of the American Alliance System in Asia | 10/25/16
Victor D. Cha
Why is there no NATO for Asia? After World War II, why did the United States opt for bilateral relationships with countries like Japan and South Korea? As Georgetown's Victor Cha explains, this was a "powerplay" by the Americans to contend with a "dangerous" and complex East Asia. Does this arrangement still make sense today?
China, Japan, and America: Three Tigers on One Mountain? | 10/21/16
Richard McGregor, Devin T. Stewart
"I don't think you can write about China and Japan without writing also about the United States," says journalist Richard McGregor. How has this complicated and high-stakes relationship evolved under Xi, Abe, and Obama? Is there room on the mountain for three tigers?
The Philippines, the South China Sea, and the Many Sides of President Duterte | 09/20/16
Emma Lo, Richard Heydarian
Richard Heydarian, of Manila's De La Salle University, discusses the Philippines' landmark legal victory against China in the South China Sea dispute, and why the Sea is so important. He also examines President Duterte's multiple dimensions, and why he seems to be very popular among Filipinos.
U.S. Elections & Brexit: Can Liberalism Survive? | 09/13/16
Nikolas K. Gvosdev, Stephen M. Walt, Devin T. Stewart
Why are liberal values eroding across the world? Will this continue? Realist Stephen Walt says maybe not, if the U.S. can set a good example at home and engage in less military interventions abroad. But although Nikolas Gvosdev of the U.S. Naval War College wants to be hopeful, he strikes a more pessimistic note.
Emperor Akihito's Wish To Abdicate Throne Will Mean Revisiting Japan's Constitution | 09/07/16
Senior Fellow Devin Stewart and others discuss Emperor Akihito's wish to abdicate his position and how this news relates to work-life balance in the country.
Higher Education's Role in Japan's Recovery | 08/04/16
Japan has been investing in major reforms to improve its higher education system and therefore its economy. The goal is to foster a new class of globally-minded, creative, and entrepreneurial citizens who can compete with the rest of the world and help reverse Japan's downward slide. But how much will these reforms really achieve?
Japan's Relationship with its Past and Future | 07/26/16
Alexis Dudden, Devin T. Stewart
Prime Minister Abe is the leading member of the small but powerful group Nippon Kaigi, which wants to turn its back on the international community and return to Japanese traditions. It advocates restoring the emperor to the center of power, eradicating equal rights for women, and revising the Constitution. What are its chances of success?
Japan's Politics: A Move toward Nationalism or more of the Status Quo? | 07/14/16
Sheila A. Smith, Devin T. Stewart
Was Prime Minister Abe's landslide victory in the July elections a vote of confidence in his ability to jump-start Japan's stagnant economy, or simply a desire for stability? Will he use his majority to revise Japan's constitution? What is the mood of the country today, especially among young people? Find out from Japan scholar Sheila Smith.
Carnegie Council Asia Dialogues Program Appoints Pacific Delegates for Tokyo Fact-Finding Trip on Gender Issues | 06/17/16
In November 2016, Carnegie Council's Asia Dialogues program is leading a week-long fact-finding trip to Tokyo on gender issues. Drawn from a variety of professional, regional, and academic backgrounds, the group of Pacific Delegates has been selected to join this trip, engage in dialogue and research, and publish their findings.
Obama at Hiroshima | 05/23/16
Joel H. Rosenthal
The president's visit to Hiroshima to affirm his commitment to a world without nuclear weapons is no doubt a legacy-burnishing gesture, writes Rosenthal. "Yet there is also a substantial seven-year record to offer up. Channeling Lincoln at Gettysburg, Obama will try to turn a moment of mourning into a rededication to 'unfinished work.'"
Threats and Opportunities on the Korean Peninsula | 05/20/16
Gheewhan Kim, Scott A. Snyder, Sue Mi Terry
"Simply put, North Korea still needs to go a long way to achieve sophisticated levels of mid- to long-range nuclear missiles," declares Consul General Gheewan Kim. In this in-depth discussion, the panelists explore the current situation on the Korean peninsula, the role of China and the U.S., and opportunities for unification of the North and the South.
Reading List and Discussion Questions on Gender and Japan | 05/13/16
Devin T. Stewart
This 10.5-week Asia Dialogues Program reading list with discussion questions explores current issues relating to gender in Japanese society. Topics include: women in the workplace, equal voice in politics, demographic trends, and gender rights.
A Filmmaker's Experience on Leaving Japan | 05/09/16
Kyoko Gasha, Devin T. Stewart
Documentary filmmaker and TV journalist Kyoko Gasha discusses her film "Mothers' Way, Daughters' Choice," which is about Japanese women (like she herself) who remade their lives in New York City. She also talks about the difficulties facing working mothers in Japan, especially the long working hours, and how the culture is beginning to change.
Gender Identity in Japan | 05/03/16
Sonja Pei-Fen Dale, Devin T. Stewart
Sonja Pei-fen Dale teaches at Tokyo's Hitotsubashi University, where she specializes in LGBT gender issues and identities in Japan. In this fascinating conversation about gender and minorities in Japan today, she discusses the term "X-gender," how LGBT individuals are perceived, the social ideal of the traditional family, and much more.
Japan Doesn't Want the U.S. to Apologize for Bombing Hiroshima. Here's Why | 04/29/16
Apologizing for a wartime act generations ago would be as welcome to Japanese political leaders as a cloud of mosquitoes. Carnegie Council Senior Fellow Devin Stewart and others explain why.