Through reinterpreting the constitution and bidding to build Australia’s submarines, Shinzo Abe is leading Japan towards a more assertive strategic posture.
If construction of its submarines in Australia proceeds, it will be Japan’s first postwar export of a major combat weapons system.
Many people outside China find it hard to understand its obsession with history. Appropriately enough, however, a little historical context can help to explain this. China has had more recorded history…
Wilfred Burchett’s career should be judged on all his achievements and not reduced to a single solitary story.
Wilfred Burchett wrote stories about war that the Australian and US governments preferred not to be told. For this, he paid the price.
Australia’s traditional reliance on multilateralism and alliances won’t be enough to negotiate the geopolitical rivalries of the Asian century.
For the past two centuries, Australia got many of the big calls on global engagement right. In our third century, there are worrying signs that we have not fully grasped what the rise of Asia means.
Protesters at the restart of Japan’s Sendai 1 reactor.
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The restart of Japan's nuclear reactors is good news for climate change. But there are still large psychological barriers to overcome.
What is it about northeast Asia? Why is it that a part of the world that is a byword for unparalleled economic development and astounding social transformation can’t come to terms with its past and develop…
Japan’s neighbours will interpret whatever Shinzo Abe says about his nation’s wartime aggression in the light of his government’s shift to more hawkish policies.
In the West, it is often forgotten that 1945 marks the end of not only the second world war but also of a much longer period of political and social upheaval in Asia.
Storm clouds are gathering in the Pacific.
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Disputes over intellectual property and car parts are emerging as last-minute hurdles as negotiators race to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership ahead of elections.
Japan has higher debt levels than Greece and yet it doesn't need international bailouts. Why?
Atomic cloud over Nagasaki.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki were but two cataclysms among many: in the literal sense, they were unremarkable.
Flying the imperial flag at the Yasukuni Shrine.
Japan has never apologised for many of the things it did during World War II – and nor does it tell its schoolchildren about them.
Two months after the bombing at Hiroshima.
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US military censors contained information after the bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, leaving Americans with a limited understanding of the impact of radiation.
The average age of survivors is now 80. In five years, very few of these first-hand witnesses will be around to remember the event. Many of their stories are in danger of being lost forever.
Tomiko Matsumoto, an 83-year-old A-bomb survivor, at the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima.
The dogged commitment to peace that set in after the atomic bombings of Japan is in danger of disappearing for good.
Neo Tokyo – the setting of the popular anime film Akira – is about to explode.
In the wake of the atomic bombs, a number of Japanese animators would question mankind's relationship with technology.
The Museum of Science and Industry in Hiroshima, August 1945.
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John Hersey's article Hiroshima (1946) is seminal in historical and literary terms: the shocking realities of the atomic bomb demanded a new way of writing.
Negotiators appear to be giving Japan’s rice farmers short shrift.
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Japanese negotiators in Maui appear to be bending to American pressure to accept more US rice imports. The flood of grain, local farmers say, will end their way of life.
A family in 1939 displays both Hinomaru and the Rising Sun Flag.
The Confederate flag isn't the only one with a violent past.
Trade Minister Andrew Robb continues to argue the case for the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership.
While Australians understand the political benefits of free trade agreements, many remain divided on the economic merit.
Even if President Obama gets his fast-track trading authority, his Pacific trade legacy faces a long slog.
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The fierce debate in the US Congress that almost derailed the president's trade agenda is likely to replay itself in many of the 11 other capitals that are party to the deal.