With more than a year since taking the Oath of Office, it is clear there has never been an American president quite like Donald Trump. Brad Glosserman, Senior Adviser for the Pacific Forum, will assess the Trump Administration’s Asia policy and its impact on both the region and the United States itself. * A casual reception will follow the lecture. (7:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Lecture / Q& A, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.- Reception) * Registration is required for this event. Please e-mail to email@example.com before March 17.
Shiori Ito, a freelance journalist, filed a complaint against a male journalist who allegedly raped her in May 2015. When the prosecutor decided not to prosecute him in July 2016, she filed a compliant to the Inquest of Prosecution (Kensatsu Shinsakai) which has the power to issue a binding decision to prosecute him and held a press conference about her decision. This was an extremely unusual action for a rape victim in Japan. However, the Inquest of Prosecution upheld the decision of the prosecutor and this incident has raised a serious question about the responsiveness of the Japanese criminal justice system to sex crimes. On the other hand, the Japanese…
2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration which has been feted in commemorations spanning academic conferences and special essay collections worldwide as well as local celebrations in Japanese cities such as Kagoshima and Kyoto. Parallel to these festivities, however, are activities in Hokkaido observing a connected, yet distinctive, 150th anniversary, that of the incorporation of “Ezo” into Japanese sovereign territory and its renaming as Hokkaido. Celebrations of both national and “Hokkaido” transformations frequently focus on the role of the ocean in the emergence of a modern Japan, from the process of renaming “Ezo” to the broader demarcation of sovereign water spaces circumscribing Japan’s perimeter. What do both sesquicentennials…
Sanctions have been a popular geopolitical tool for decades – most notably targeting the Soviet and the Iranian regimes. One might argue, they have been largely successful in the past, at least as far as the economic and ensuing political impact on those regimes. Currently, North Korea is subject to the strictest sanctions imposed by the US, UN and other countries, including Japan. Iran and Russia also face considerable US sanctions. The US sanctions can have the broadest reach as they could apply to US persons (“primary sanctions”) as well as those lacking any US nexus (“secondary sanctions”). They also have the toughest consequences, with penalties ranging in billions of…
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