Leaders of Japan and New Zealand vow to defend international order shaken by invasion

The leaders of Japan and New Zealand expressed strong opposition Thursday to attempts to change the status quo by force in Ukraine or anywhere else, and agreed to strengthen their partnership to uphold the international order challenged by Russia. After a face-to-face meeting in Tokyo, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda […]

Leaders of Japan and New Zealand vow to defend international order shaken by invasion

The leaders of Japan and New Zealand expressed strong opposition Thursday to attempts to change the status quo by force in Ukraine or anywhere else, and agreed to strengthen their partnership to uphold the international order challenged by Russia. After a face-to-face meeting in Tokyo, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda […]

Japan’s ruling party to propose more defense spending, eyes 2% of GDP

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party will propose that the government sharply increase its defense spending, party members said Thursday, suggesting they will push for, at a minimum, an amount equivalent to 2% of the nation’s gross domestic product, double the current level. The party’s draft proposal for revising the government’s National Security Strategy will also […]

How Japan’s slow acknowledgement of COVID’s airborne spread has hampered its response

It was thought to be the end of a monthslong COVID-19 controversy in Japan. The National Institute of Infectious Diseases announced its determination late last month that the coronavirus spreads when one inhales virus-laden aerosols, or tiny particles mixed with water floating in the air for an extended period of time, confirming a view long […]

The new art of economic warfare

NEW YORK – The use of economic weapons during war has a long history. But the rise of globalization and cross-border supply chains has given these nonviolent munitions unprecedented power. While economic and financial sanctions may not strike with the immediacy of an artillery shell, their impact can nonetheless be devastating. Economic warfare in a […]

The new art of economic warfare

NEW YORK – The use of economic weapons during war has a long history. But the rise of globalization and cross-border supply chains has given these nonviolent munitions unprecedented power. While economic and financial sanctions may not strike with the immediacy of an artillery shell, their impact can nonetheless be devastating. Economic warfare in a […]