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  • Japan debates the viability of nuclear power plants

    As Japan grapples with a “nuclear emergency situation” a domestic debate has begun about whether a quake -prone country should rely on nuclear power.

    March 16, 2011

    Japan Coping with a National Calamity

    The tsunami triggered by the quake swamped Sendai’s coast, picking up cars, ships and houses as it furiously surged three miles inland.

    March 16, 2011

    Kan Naoto’s Uncertain Political Future

    Japanese Prime Minister Kan Naoto is walking a tight rope with plunging popularity and growing demands for his resignation.

    March 07, 2011

    The Gates Mission: Re-contextualising US alliances in East Asia

    Gates has steered Japan and South Korea towards aligning their shared threat perceptions about North Korea and China.

    January 18, 2011

    Inter-Korea Dialogue versus Japan-South Korea Military Engagement

    North Korea’s offer of a dialogue is unlikely to elicit a positive response from South Korea which instead is militarily drawing closer to Japan to enhance deterrence.

    January 14, 2011

    Power, Interdependence and China’s Rare Earth Moment

    The conflict over rare earths is not only a consequence of the monopoly amassed by China but is also reflective of the current flux in global power hierarchies.

    December 28, 2010

    Naoto Kan’s Remarks strain Relations with South Korea

    Kan’s statement about sending the SDF to the Korean peninsula to rescue Japanese citizens and people of Japanese origin in the event of an emergency has raised the spectre of a possible revival of Japanese militarism.

    December 20, 2010

    China threat propels a new defence thinking in Japan

    Japan’s adoption of a new defence Guidelines to secure its southern “outlaying islands” closer to China suggests major shift in Japan’s Cold War security policy.

    December 20, 2010

    Why Japan’s economy is ailing?

    Japan needs to structurally transform domestic demand by focusing on its service sector – medical services, education, environment, and health.

    November 22, 2010

    Can Prime Minister Singh push through a Nuclear Deal with Japan?

    The DPJ has relaxed its earlier rigid position and is no longer demanding that India join the NPT as a pre-condition for the nuclear pact.

    October 21, 2010