Category: Thomas Berger

Will a ‘remorseful’ Abe offer an official ‘apology’ for WWII?

April 22nd, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies, The Nation, Thomas Berger 0 comments

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Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s speech yesterday and today at the Asian-African Summit in Jakarta and the address before the US Congress during his upcoming visit to Washington beginning April 26 will be closely watched…

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Japan Takes Soft-Power Push to U.S. Campus

January 26th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies, Thomas Berger, Wall Street Journal 0 comments

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Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences

In the Japanese government’s new budget, one small item stands out: a $5 million grant to Columbia University in New York to fund a position for a professor of Japanese politics and foreign policy…

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“There is a lot that modern Japan can be proud of. I fear that Abe’s efforts to change the way the outside world views modern Japanese history is both futile and counterproductive.”

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Abe Faces Balancing Act on Japanese Hostages

January 22nd, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies, Thomas Berger, Wall Street Journal 0 comments

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Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences

As the clock ticked down Thursday ahead of the extremist group Islamic State’s deadline for executing two Japanese hostages, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe found himself with limited options…

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“The Japanese government is well aware that giving in to hostage takers creates perverse incentives. At the same time, if Mr. Abe is perceived as having made a misstep his enemies both inside and outside his party will jump on him, as will the entire Japanese media establishment. Mr. Abe must desperately want to bring the hostages back home, safe and alive.”

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$200M ransom demand a sign of ISIS’ financial desperation, say experts

January 20th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, FoxNews.com, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies, Thomas Berger 0 comments

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Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences

The Islamic State’s staggering $200 million demand for two Japanese hostages may reveal the terrorist group’s desperation to maintain control of its sprawling caliphate, especially amid falling black market oil revenues from seized wells and pipelines, terrorism experts said…

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“Japan officially does not admit it negotiates with terrorists. Historically, it has quietly worked behind the scenes to pay terrorists off.”

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Breaking Down the New Xenophobic Movement in Germany

January 9th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies, Thomas Berger 0 comments

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Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences

Thousands of Germans are now backing an anti-immigration movement. What was the straw that broke the quintessentially tolerant country’s back?…

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“Germany has done relatively well economically. But to think that the Germans’ economic machine is essentially this invincible economic juggernaut is a big mistake. And the Germans are well aware of the fragility of their prosperity.”

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China and Japan Reach Accord on Disputed Islands: Let’s Agree to Disagree

November 7th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York Times, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies, Thomas Berger 0 comments

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Signaling a potential thaw in their long-frozen relations, China and Japan announced Friday that they had effectively agreed to disagree over the sovereignty of disputed islands in the East China Sea and to gradually resume diplomatic and security discussions…

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“The overwhelming majority of Japanese, especially in the pragmatic wing of his government, have little desire for an actual conflict with Beijing. Instead, what they hope is that through a policy of strength, they can get China to moderate its policies toward Japan.”

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Japan’s Divided Education Strategy

October 12th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies, Thomas Berger 0 comments

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Japan’s simultaneous embrace of nationalism and cosmopolitanism is generating ambiguous signals from its education policy makers…

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“There is an obvious contradiction between Japan’s rightward shift on education policy and its strivings to internationalize.”

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US-German spying row getting worse

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, The Hill, Thomas Berger 0 comments

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Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences

Relations between the United States and Germany sank to new depths on Wednesday as accusations emerged that a second German might have been slipping secrets to Washington. The charge rubbed salt into wounds first opened by revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) had eavesdropped on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone — a practice President Obama has renounced…

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“It’s a serious issue and I think it’s one which we need to address and perhaps we could even use, as a positive note, as a stimulus for some useful reconsiderations about all the kind of things we can and should do in the realm of intelligence-gathering,”

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Japan eases limits on military

July 2nd, 2014 in 2014, Arise America, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Thomas Berger 0 comments

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Japan Talks of Extending Security Umbrella to Southeast Asia — WSJ Blog

May 31st, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Thomas Berger, Wall Street Journal 0 comments

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As Southeast Asia scrambles to cope with China’s assertiveness in maritime disputes, Japanese leaders are offering themselves to the region as a strategic counterweight to Beijing…

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“Prime Minister Abe is seizing the day, taking advantage of the huge opportunities that China has afforded him through its assertive behavior and has heightened Japan’s profile on the world stage. His remarks will undoubtedly find a receptive audience,” Mr. Berger said. “Increasingly, the front-line states in these territorial disputes-Japan, the Philippines, and Vietnam-are working together to counter China’s growing power.”

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