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THOUGHTS AND IDEAS ABOUT ASIA

Op-eds

Taiwan’s NGO policy: Lessons for Asia

By Erkinbek Kamalov

If the leaders of all Asian nations want their country and people to develop in harmony, then they should cooperate with NGOs by opening permanent and transparent platform for constructive dialogue, whether on social-economic or political issues.

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A Plea To All

By Yuka Yasumura

August 6th may be just other day of the year to you, but to some of us, it is the day that reminds us about the horrors of World War II.

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Who’s the Real Threat to Japan?

By Carmina Untalan

Who’s the Real Threat to Japan? The recent agreement on the planned national security legislation between the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its coalition partner, Komeito, is hardly a cause for celebration. While the latter convinced the former to include a “break” mechanism that would require Diet’s approval before allowing SDF dispatch, it hardly…

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Is Kazakhstan’s Nazarbayev the Lee Kwan Yew of Central Asia?

By Miguel Oropeza

Is Kazakhstan’s Nazarbayev the Lee Kwan Yew of Central Asia? When Singapore was expelled from Malaysia in 1965, the prospects for the newly-orphaned country were not positive. Weak, lacking resources, deeply divided along racial fault lines and surrounded by hostile neighbors, during his 25-year rule Lee Kwan Yew was nonetheless able to transform the small…

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Essays

“Internationalization” of National Universities in Japan: Critical Reflections

By Varun Khanna

In Japan, where the unspoken social rules are predominant in workplaces as well as in society, foreigners generally find it difficult to thrive. On the other hand, the Japanese student’s development of his or her individuality needs to be encouraged and fostered also. The Japanese government and the national universities have realized that, and Japan is presently in the phase of a major transformation in its education sector.

Law, Conflict and Airspace: Understanding Air Defense Identification Zones

By Christopher K. Lamont

With states drawing up unilaterally declared defense identification zones that can extended for hundreds of miles beyond territorial airspace, alongside growing fears that these zones will harden into claims of full sovereignty, a once benign security practice has rapidly evolved into a source of conflict over East Asia’s contested skies.

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Reconsidering Land Reform and Agricultural Policy in Japan

By Mark Stevenson Curry

This essay seeks to add land relations with a particular emphasis on the consequences of Japan’s post-1945 land reform program to the more recent discussion on ‘human security’ (or non-traditional security concerns) in East Asia.

The Caution of Collective Memory: Why Japan’s 1947 Constitution is Worth Fighting for

By Carmina Untalan

Any attempt to revise Article 9 would not only derange Japan’s security situation, but more importantly, would dislodge practices of commemoration for the past 60 years as merely tokenistic. That would seriously fracture the very core of Japan’s state identity.

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