Diplomatic blundering on hostages and history

| Jan 31, 2015

Diplomatic blundering on hostages and history

by Jeff Kingston

Japan’s latest hostage crisis has exposed shortcomings in Japan’s public diplomacy and raises questions about the advice Prime Minister Shinzo Abe received in publicly announcing $200 million in humanitarian aid to help those displaced by conflict with the Islamic State group. Understandably, the prime ...

| Nov 15, 2014

Japan's 21st-century tsunami stones

by Jeff Kingston

A familiar sight along Tohoku’s Sanriku coastline are the tsunami stones erected by past generations that alert residents to the high-water mark of previous tsunami and the perils of building any closer to the sea. Over time these warnings were ignored, and those who ...