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U.S., Japan’s record defense budgets intensifying geopolitical rivalry

Japan and the U.S. have adopted record-breaking defense budgets for 2024, with Japan accepting a 16-percent rise in military spending, and the U.S. authorizing $886 billion in annual military expenditure, which totals $28 billion higher than it did for the…

Japan Signals an Attitude Shift to the Growing Power of the Global South

In mid-April, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs released its Diplomatic Bluebook 2023, its most important guidebook on international affairs. Japan’s foreign minister, Yoshimasa Hayashi, wrote the foreword, which begins: “The world is now at a turning point in history.” This…

Why is Japan edging closer to Bangladesh and India in the region?

Bangladesh, Japan, and India will hold a meeting in Tripura on 11-12 April to put in place connectivity initiatives to harness the commercial potential of the region. By Fumiko Yamada Asian Confluence, a think tank based out of North East India, in…

Militarized Japan and the Biden-Kishida Summit, Signal Moment in the New Cold War

The Japanese government recently announced plans to double the size of its military budget, which is already the 8th largest in the world. It also issued three new military doctrines which vastly increase its war fighting commits in the Asia-Pacific…

Art competition: May Peace Prevail On Earth

For 25 years, our peace organization May Peace Prevail On Earth International, which originated in Japan, has organized a painting competition for children and young people. In our anniversary year of 2022, we received 4,540 pictures from 77 countries. We…

Japan’s Discomfort in the New Cold War

In early December 2021, Japan’s Self-Defense Force joined the U.S. armed forces for Resolute Dragon 2022, which the U.S. Marines called the “largest bilateral training exercise of the year.” Major General Jay Bargeron of the U.S. 3rd Marine Division said…

Delta variant of coronavirus could be “self-extinguishing”.

Japanese scientists said today that the Delta variant of Covid-19 could mutate and become self-extinguishing, which it is apparently already doing in Japan. The Japanese nation is currently reporting 140 cases per day, despite being primarily affected by the Delta…

Peace Boat to Receive Award as Lifetime Organizational War Abolisher of 2021

Today, September 13, 2021, World BEYOND War announces as the recipient of the Lifetime Organizational War Abolisher of 2021 award: Peace Boat. An online presentation and acceptance event, with remarks from representatives of Peace Boat will take place on October 6,…

Fukushima radioactive water dump plan disregards lives of marine animals

By Linda Pentz Gunter for Beyond Nuclear International. Many years ago, in what seems like another lifetime, I was a reporter on the tennis beat, walking through an airport with Martina Navratilova. The aroma of hot dogs wafted around, the…

No nukes in Asia…or anywhere

Groups call for a nuclear power ban and no radioactive water dump at Fukushima By No Nukes Asia Forum Japan • Citizens’Nuclear Information Center • Friends of the Earth Japan On the 10th Anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, groups…

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