Japan and S. Korea: Where to from here?

It is a truism to say East Asia today is at a major turning point, given the rise of China as an economic and military power, the long-term economic downturn in Japan and the waning relative power of the United States. The U.S., long the dominant power in the region, is now squaring off against an increasingly assertive China. The countries caught in the middle are trying to find their own position. This change in the balance of power in East Asia does more than simply trigger tensions between the…

US and Japan Cybersecurity: Japan’s non-Northeast Asian fixation

US and Japan affirm Cybersecurity ties: Japan’s non-Northeast Asian fixation and Russia Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan claims that he desires to solve the protracted territorial dispute with the Russian Federation. Yet, many within the corridors of power in Moscow dispute the sincerity of Japan. Indeed, it was touted that Japan remains non-independent based on its endless reliance on America according to political elites in the Russian Federation. Therefore, the latest agreement between America and Japan in the area of…

Could The U.S. Navy’s War Plan Orange (For Fighting Japan) Be Used Against China?

Everyone says it: Newport, as in where the U.S. Naval War College is located and where yours truly works, underwent a golden age of strategy-making during the interwar decades. It must usher in a new golden age to prevail in strategic competition against the likes of China and Russia. Revisiting the service’s and Naval War College’s roots will shed light on the new, old dilemmas besetting them. Indeed it may—if posterity understands that long-ago age. Here’s the legend. Godlike figures such as W. S. Sims bestrode Naval War College game…

In first, Japan and U.S. say security treaty could cover cyberattacks

WASHINGTON – The foreign and defense ministers of Japan and the United States confirmed on Friday for the first time that Article 5 of the two countries’ security treaty, which sets out Washington’s obligations to defend territories under Japanese jurisdiction, could apply to cyberattacks against Japan. This was clarified in a joint statement adopted at so-called two-plus-two security talks held among the ministers in Washington the same day. The officials affirmed that “a cyberattack could, in certain circumstances, constitute an armed attack for the purpose of Article 5” of the…

Japan, US vow to cooperate in space, cyber domains

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) — Japan and the United States agreed Friday to strengthen defense cooperation in space, cyber and electronic warfare in a veiled response to China and Russia for their drives to boost capabilities in such new domains. The foreign and defense ministers of the two allies affirmed coordination in cross-domain operations involving conventional domains of ground, sea and air, as well as priority areas of space, cyberspace and electromagnetic waves that disrupt radios, jam global positioning systems and paralyze units, they said in a joint statement issued after a meeting…

China and Japan inch closer for insurance against Hurricane Trump

TOKYO — Winter is over for the Sino-Japanese relationship, as ties warm by the day. Earlier this week, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi greeted his Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono, in Beijing with a broad smile, something he had not previously flashed to Japanese officials. China had maintained a hard line on Japan since September 2012, when a wave of anti-Japanese demonstrations swept the country. Beside Wang was “Japan hand” Kong Xuanyou, the vice foreign minister soon to arrive in Tokyo to serve as ambassador. The rapid rapprochement…

China eyeing Trump’s late May Japan trip for potential Xi summit

As the U.S. and China work through the final stages of trade negotiations, Chinese officials are identifying international travel dates on President Donald Trump’s calendar that might offer potential for a summit off of U.S. soil, according to three sources briefed on negotiations. One trip in particular that’s risen to the top of the list: Trump’s expected visit to Japan at the end of May, putting him in the Asia-Pacific region around the time negotiations are expected to conclude. Neither the White House nor the Embassy of Japan would confirm…

Japan, Philippines agree on defense cooperation – News – NHK WORLD

The defense chiefs of Japan and the Philippines have agreed to continue cooperation in a variety of areas. Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya and Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana held talks in Tokyo on Wednesday. Iwaya pointed out that defense cooperation between the two countries is steadily advancing in many areas. He said Japan will further contribute in terms of assistance in times of natural disasters and enhancing the warning and surveillance capabilities of the Philippines. Lorenzana said he wants to further strengthen his country’s strategic partnership with Japan as…