Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Masahiro Matsumura

Masahiro Matsumura is Professor of International Politics at St. Andrew’s University (Momoyama Gakuin Daigaku) in Osaka.

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North Korea Dancing Girls
World Affairs 4

China’s Resurgent Warlords

Last December, the world was appalled by the North Korean government’s execution of Chang Song-thaek, the regime’s de facto second in command and China's favorite North Korean interlocutor. It now… read more

Newsart for Praetorian China?
World Affairs 3

Praetorian China?

Do China’s rulers have full civilian control of their country’s military? As recent incidents in the South and East China Seas have shown, the Chinese state apparatus is largely detached from the… read more

Newsart for Oki-Now-What?
World Affairs 5


Controversy over the US Marines’ deployment of 12 tilt-rotor V-22 Osprey aircraft to the Futenma Air Base on Okinawa has contributed to the decay of the US-Japan alliance. A new approach to alliance… read more

Newsart for Japan's Leadership Muddle
World Affairs 0

Japan's Leadership Muddle

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan's defeat of party rival Ichiro Ozawa buys six months of political stability, at most. Without a grand reorganization of the major political parties along ideological … read more

Newsart for The Sumo and the Yakuza
Business & Finance 0

The Sumo and the Yakuza

Allegations of match-fixing, dope-smoking, orgies, and ties to gangsters among the sport’s top stars have enraged the Japanese public and mobilized the police. But Sumo's alleged ties with the… read more

Newsart for Japan’s Secret Shogun
World Affairs 0

Japan’s Secret Shogun

With the post-general election honeymoon over, the Japanese public has become increasingly aware that Ichiro Ozawa, Secretary-General of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, is the puppet-master of… read more

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