Regions / Japan
Let's say the U.S. actually curbed its military adventurism, reeled in the Pentagon budget, and closed its global network of bases. Then what?
Washington and Tokyo remain committed to growing the U.S. military footprint on the island of Okinawa — whether Okinawans like it or not.
With its pacifist constitution (literally) beaten down into irrelevance, Japan is in the throes of an identity crisis.
In the Philippines, the grandson of a despised collaborator has endorsed the remilitarization of his country's former occupiers — by the grandson of a war criminal, no less.
Despite the ongoing islands dispute, Japan and China are growing closer.
The U.S. military sits at the center of a dispute that's plagued the peaceful island of Okinawa for decades.
Japan wants a "normal" foreign policy. Its neighbors want apologies for wartime atrocities — and an assurance that Japanese militarism is a thing of the past.
It turns out that that a large-scale conflict in the Asia-Pacific is much more difficult to imagine than China hawks like to pretend.
America's top ally in East Asia is bulking up its military, picking fights with its neighbors, and showing a blithe disregard for democracy.
In the fourth winter since the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, many of the displaced residents are still in limbo.