The Legal Side of Immigration

A Comparative Piece The once self-declared “nation of immigrants” is under fire for its outdated and seemingly nativist treatment of foreign hopefuls. For scores of Americans, the country’s legal immi…

The Fate of Futenma

In a historic decision, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has accepted a court-mediated settlement to halt the construction of the American military base in Henoko. The victory for the local anti-bas…

The Art of Unapologizing

Political apologies are flawed, especially from the perspective of comfort women. About 20,000 women and girls were taken against their will to “comfort stations” throughout East Asia to provide sexua…

The AIIB: China’s Economic Evolution

According to the International Monetary Foundation (IMF), the economies of the Asia-Pacific region are growing rapidly, and are expected to account for almost half of global GDP by 2030. However, sust…

Solving Japan’s Energy Crisis

The Fukushima disaster was a traumatic experience for Japan: in March 2011, an earthquake and the subsequent tsunami it triggered led to the meltdown of a vital power plant that left the country in a …

Brains Over Brawn

Since Xi Jinping assumed office in 2013, observers have wondered whether China’s foreign policy would change to reflect his ascension. In the past year, events have unfolded which shed new light on th…