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  • Egreteau, Renaud (Washington, D.C. : East-West Center in Washington, 2011-10-13)
    For centuries Burma has been prized for its high-quality gemstones, and today the Burmese gem industry continues to thrive at a furious pace despite international sanctions. Conventional estimates are that up to 90 percent ...
  • Fukuda, Madoka (Washington, D.C. : East-West Center, 2014-05-22)
    Madoka Fukuda, Associate Professor at Hosei University, explains that "If cross-strait relations come to a standstill in the aftermath of the Sunflower Movement, there is a possibility that Japan's ties to Taiwan will once ...
  • Kobayashi, Somei (Washington, D.C. : East-West Center, 2013-06-28)
    Somei Kobayashi, recent Japan Studies Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that "Japan-Okinawa historical reconciliation that is premised on human rights could become a prototype for historical ...
  • Kawaguchi, Hirofumi (Washington, D.C.: East-West Center, 2013-01-24)
    Hirofumi Kawaguchi, Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Tokyo, explains that "The LDP's landslide victory does not mean that Japanese voters enthusiastically support the LDP."
  • Horimoto, Takenori (Washington, D.C.: East-West Center in Washington, 2011-04-15)
    Japan-India relations have been improving rapidly since 2005 when the Japanese and Indian prime ministers began alternating reciprocal visits. Building on the momentum created by the establishment of the Japan-India strategic ...
  • Koga, Kei (Washington, D.C. : East-West Center, 2014-01-14)
    Kei Koga, Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technical University, Singapore, explains that "Japan's diplomacy in 2014 requires strategic patience, and there are three diplomatic steps that could help achieve it."
  • Oros, Andrew L. (Washington, D.C. : East-West Center, 2014-07-01)
    Andrew L. Oros, Adjunct Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that "Nothing has yet been changed in Japanese law, and even if new laws are passed in the fall based on this cabinet statement, the agreement ...
  • Tuke, Victoria (Washington, D.C. : East-West Center, 2013-04-10)
    Victoria Tuke, Visiting Fellow at the Tokyo Foundation, explains why “The centrality of the US-Japan alliance to Japan is an important consideration regarding Afghanistan, but Japan’s interests are broader than solely the ...
  • Futori, Hideshi (Washington, D.C. : East-West Center, 2013-05-13)
    Hideshi Futori, recent Japan Studies Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that “First, the realm of HA/DR is a rare opportunity for Japan to actively engage in military cooperation with China.”
  • Okawa, Chihiro (Washington, D.C. : East-West Center, 2014-04-17)
    Chihiro Okawa, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Kanagawa University, explains that “Looking ahead to President Obama’s visit, Abe knows that the economy is his number one domestic priority and clearly Japan’s ...
  • Pryor, Crystal (Washington, D.C. : East-West Center, 2013-01-10)
    Crystal Pryor, recent Japan Studies Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that "First, while Abe has been termed a 'hawk' or 'nationalist' in Western media outlets, these terms carry different ...
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro (Washington, D.C.: East-West Center in Washington, 2011-02-23)
    In 2010, two important documents on Japan's security and national defense policies were released under the Democratic Party of Japan government in Japan. One report is entitled "Japan's Vision for Future Security and Defense ...
  • Fuse, Satoru (Washington, D.C. : East-West Center, 2013-10-24)
    Satoru Fuse, Political Correspondent with TV-Asahi in Tokyo, explains that "The SCC agreement tasks Japan with two roles: to reinforce its capability to defend its own sovereign territory, specifically the Senkaku Islands, ...
  • Kato, Akira (Washington, D.C. : East-West Center, 2013-09-11)
    Akira Kato, Visiting Scholar at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that "The fact is that the alliance is not as close as many think and there are three core reasons why; namely, the incompatibility of values, a ...
  • Shekhar, Vibhanshu (Washington, D.C. : East West Center, 2014-08-01)
    Vibhanshu Shekhar, Scholar-in-Residence at the ASEAN Studies Center, American University, explains that "A new political voting class in Indonesia is now beginning to emerge that is keen to play a role in the country's ...
  • Connell, Sean (Washington, D.C. : East-West Center, 2013-09-06)
    Sean Connell, Japan Studies Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that “Park has described the term ‘creative economy’ as creating new growth engines and jobs through ‘the convergence of science ...
  • Gannon, James (Washington, D.C. : East-West Center, 2013-07-25)
    James Gannon, Executive Director of the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA), explains that “a new Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) study suggests that governments and regional institutions in ...
  • Noor, Elina (Washington, D.C. : East-West Center in Washington, 2012-03-13)
    Elina Noor, Assistant Director, Foreign Policy and Security Studies at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia, explains that “The reality is that below the stratosphere of grand strategy, the ...
  • Welsh, Bridget (Washington, D.C. : East-West Center, 2013-06-19)
    Bridget Welsh, Associate Professor of Political Science at the Singapore Management University, explains that “Najib now faces multiple challenges, from electoral legitimacy and inclusive national representation across ...
  • Malott, John R. (Washington, D.C.: East-West Center in Washington, 2011-07-21)
    John R. Malott, former US Ambassador to Malaysia, writes that there is a tendency among Americans to hold an idealized image of Malaysia as a successful multi-racial and multi-religious paradise, an Asian economic dynamo, ...
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