China’s Maritime Choke Points

By​ George Friedman for Stratfor — There is widespread interest in the rising tensions over the waters east of China. China has become increasingly assertive in the region, and regional powers from Japan to Singapore have become alarmed at China’s behavior. The Chinese recently built an island in the South China Sea, apparently as a …

Trump wants to leave U.S. allies in the lurch

By Bill Schneider for Reuters — Thanks to Donald Trump, Americans now know what a populist foreign policy looks like: “Not isolationist, but America First.” That’s how the Republican presidential front-runner defined his views to an interviewer last week. “I like the expression,” Trump said, implying that he had never encountered the term “America First” …

Japanese Govt Creates Illusion Of Normality At Fukushima- Kevin Kamps.

The Levant News — Kevin Kamps said that there is radioactive contamination still throughout the countryside. In fact they just announced this time to move back to Naraha under threat of cutting people off from their compensation payments from Tokyo Electric Power Company [TEPCO]. Ironically, just days later, Typhoon Etau which had with it record breaking …

The Japanese Government’s Decision To Postpone FM’s trip To Russia

The Levant – – Japan’s top government spokesman said on Friday that no decisions had yet been made about a possible visit by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to Russia. “As for Kishida’s visit to Russia and everything connected with it, nothing has been decided so far,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference, when …

Russia And Japan: A Peace Treaty Conclusion

The Levant – – MOSCOW, September 18.. “Japanese Foreign Minister [Fumio] Kishida’s working visit to Russia will take place on September 20 to 22,” the Russian Foreign Ministry Sergey Lavrov , said.” His talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are scheduled for the visit as well as [Kishida’s] participation in the ninth session of …

Japan, Jordan seek news on fate of ISIS captives

Reuters – Japan and Jordan scrambled on Friday to find out what had happened to two of their nationals being held by Islamic State, after a deadline passed for the release of a would-be suicide bomber being held on death row in Amman. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said every effort was being made to …