Category: Thomas Berger

Did Japanese lawmakers intend to provoke Obama by honoring war criminals?

April 23rd, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, GlobalPost, Newsmakers, Thomas Berger 0 comments

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Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences

Years after the Obama administration announced a “deliberate and strategic decision” to pivot to Asia, the US president is trying to revive the foreign policy initiative with a trip to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines…

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“The main reason for these visits to the shrine was because of the timing of the annual spring festival. Conservative lawmakers often visit the shrine on this date, although this year’s contingent is unusually large, reflecting the large number of conservative lawmakers in the current Diet and heightened awareness of the issue.”

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Japan Stands by Apology to Its Wartime Sex Slaves

March 15th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York Times, Newsmakers, Thomas Berger 0 comments

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Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences

Moving to defuse a heated diplomatic dispute over World War II-era history, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday that his government would not revise a landmark 1993 apology to women forced to work in Japanese military brothels…

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“Seoul continues to harbor the suspicion that the Abe government harbors revisionist views regarding Japan’s history of imperialism and colonial domination.”

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POV: Obama’s Asian Pivot in Peril?

March 11th, 2014 in 2014, BU Today, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Thomas Berger 0 comments

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By Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences

The American-Japanese security relationship has been the cornerstone of US strategy in East Asia for more than half a century. The Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia,” a multipronged effort to keep the United States active in Asian affairs, depends on keeping that relationship strong. Yet while the two countries are investing considerable effort in strengthening ties, there are signs of growing strain. Left unattended, there is a serious and growing risk of a crisis and even a rupture…

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Abe Shinzo, Yasukuni and the Recurring Tragedy of Japanese Nationalism

January 20th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Thomas Berger 0 comments

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By Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences

It has been an iron law of Japanese politics that whenever Japan moves to strengthen its defense and security establishment, there has been simultaneous pressure on facing up to Japan’s wartime history…

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U.S. B-52 bombers buzz China’s expanded airspace as dispute with Japan escalates

November 27th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Foreign Policy, Newsmakers, Thomas Berger, Washington Times 0 comments

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Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences

In an escalating standoff reminiscent of the Cold War, China on Tuesday denounced a flight by two U.S. B-52 bombers over a contested chain of islands in the East China Sea without first alerting Beijing — just days after China unilaterally announced an expanded air-defense zone around the islands…

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“Recent Chinese moves to underline its claims to the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands have forced the U.S. to back Japan far more vigorously and openly than it would prefer.”

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Growing chill between S Korea, Japan creates problems for US

November 25th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Foreign Policy, New York Times, Newsmakers, Thomas Berger 0 comments

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Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences

In the courtly world of diplomacy, the meeting between Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and President Park Geun-hye of South Korea was something of a shock…

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“History issues are having impacts on us and our alliances in Asia in ways that we never anticipated.”

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Tokyo Doesn’t Care Who the U.S. Ambassador Is (but Caroline Kennedy Will Do Fine)

August 6th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Thomas Berger, Time 0 comments

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Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences

The Kennedys are the last big dynastic name in American politics…

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“Japanese women continue to look for role models who demonstrate that it is possible to be a woman and have a successful career in politics. I expect that many in both the United States and in Japan will want to use her to send that message to the Japanese public.”

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Statue Brings Friction Over WWII Comfort Women To California

July 29th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, NPR, Thomas Berger 0 comments

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Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences

For decades, Koreans have been pushing to preserve the legacy of women forced to provide sex to Japanese army soldiers during World War II. Glendale, Calif., will dedicate a statue memorializing the victims, known as “comfort women,” on Tuesday…

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“There is a belief among many conservatives in Japan that history has been used as a tool against Japan, that Japan suffers not from too much patriotism, but too little.”

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Embassy Row: She’s a Kennedy

July 27th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Thomas Berger, Washington Times 0 comments

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Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences

President Obama’s nomination of Caroline Kennedy as ambassador to Japan sparked a lively debate about her qualifications to serve in one of America’s most important diplomatic posts…

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“Caroline Kennedy is likely to be a successful and popular ambassador to Japan.”

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Japan welcomes nomination of Caroline Kennedy as US ambassador

July 25th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Thomas Berger 0 comments

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Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences

The nomination of Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of assassinated US president John F. Kennedy, as ambassador to Japan shows the “great importance” Washington placed on the relationship, Tokyo said yesterday…

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“Japanese women continue to look for role models who demonstrate that it is possible to be a woman and have a successful career in politics. I expect that many in both the United States and in Japan will want to use her to send that message to the Japanese public.”

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