Archive for 2008

America’s Growing Image Crisis in Japan

by Weston S. Konishi, Adjunct Fellow, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation December 1, 2008 Whenever U.S.-Japan relations face periods of turbulence, American officials are fond of citing statistics that show generally solid support for the United States among the Japanese public. This is not without some validity. Since the infamous Okinawa rape incident in read more »

Japan’s Defense Establishment: A Crisis of Confidence

by Weston S. Konishi, 2007-08 Council on Foreign Relations/Hitachi International Affairs Fellow in Japan and adjunct fellow at the Mansfield Foundation March 2008 Riddled by scandal, incompetence, and plain bad luck, the Japanese defense establishment is in a state of crisis. The public and media backlash to errors at the Ministry of Defense (MOD) and read more »

Polls, Politics, and the Impact of Global Warming

by Daniel Bob, Chairman and CEO of NYROK Partners LLC and Principal at Canonbury Advisors, LLC. February 28, 2008 The Japanese public’s support for Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda’s cabinet has declined from a high of 47 percent in the October 2007 Asahi Shimbun poll listed on this website, to 29 percent in a survey conducted read more »

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