Материалы: ‘Articles’

Konstantin Asmolov. Republic of Korea and the Death of Shinzo Abe

The assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on July 8, 2022 is the first murder of a politician of this rank in the history of post-war Japan. Neither the assassination of Socialist Party leader Inejiro Asanuma, hacked to death by right-wing schoolboy Yamaguchi Otoya in 1960, nor the coup and subsequent suicide of Yukio […]

Vladimir Terehov – Japan and the UK Agree on the Implementation of a Free Trade Agreement

On October 23 in Tokyo, Toshimitsu Motegi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, and Elizabeth Mary Truss known as Liz Truss, the UK Secretary of State for International Trade,  signed a bilateral document (“road map”) for the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement, which was already agreed on September 11 this year, during a video […]

Camp Foster – Okinawa panel calls for reducing US bases, dispersing Marines.

A panel set up by Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki to study U.S. military posture in his prefecture recently recommended that the Japanese government speed up the process of reducing the number of U.S. bases there and disperse Marines throughout the region. The panel, which includes five security and U.S.-Japan relations experts, was set up in […]


Lee Kyong Wan, Research Professor, Academic rank: Doctor (PhD), Halllim University (Republic of Korea), arachika@naver.com Abstract: Koreans conscripted to Sakhalin by Japanese colonizers during the World War II experienced inexorable sufferings from racial persecution and harsh labor. Even after the war, their human rights were downtrodden by all national societies. These nations should take moral and legal responsibilities for […]

The Northern Territories Impasse, Russia and Japanese Dependence on the U.S.

By Tanaka Sakai Introduction by Kimie HARA In August 2006, Japan-Russia relations were strained when a Russian patrol fired warning shots at a Japanese fishing boat, killing a member of the crew. The boat was near disputed islands—what the Japanese call the Northern Territories and the Russians call the Southern Kuriles. The incident occurred in […]

Japan’s sexual apathy is endangering the global economy

By Max Fisher People in Japan are so averse to romantic relationships that the country’s media even has a name for it: sekkusu shinai shokogun, or “celibacy syndrome,” according to a widely circulated Guardian story on the country’s low rates of marriage, childbearing and even sex. But this is more than a story about Japan […]

History Wars: A Long View of Asia’s Territorial Disputes

The Diplomat takes a look at the long and complex background to some of the region’s most intractable disputes. Next month, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will deliver its verdict in the case of Cambodia and Thailand’s territorial dispute over the Preah Vihear temple. For several months, the court has been poring over a […]

V.O. Kistanov – Japan is looking for partners all around the world for counteraction to the “Chinese threat”

During the last three years the territorial dispute between Tokyo and Beijing about belonging of desert Senkaku islands (Diaoyu in Chinese) in the East China Sea has gained an unprecedented intensity. What is focused on in it is quickly strengthening economic and military and political rivalry between two Asian giants: the old one – Japan, […]

Zhilina L.V. – Japanese students’ vision of Russia (based on 2007 and 2012 polls)

This research was conducted as part of “Forming public opinion about neighboring countries: Russia and Japan as viewed by students” project and was supported by Japanese foundation grants of 2007 and 2012. The main objective of the research was analysis of change in public opinion and vision of Russia and Russians (Japan and Japanese) by […]

Valery Timoshenko – Kuril Islands: to be or not to be?

In this case, the norms of international law are on our side. The question is purely political in nature. With all my sympathy for the Japanese people, Japanese history and culture, issues of a political nature doesn’t make me optimistic. Japan, after more than 60 years since the end of World War II, is still […]