Category: Thomas Berger

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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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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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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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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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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Caroline Kennedy nominated ambassador to Japan

July 24th, 2013 in 2013, Associated Press, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Thomas Berger 0 comments

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President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he is nominating former first daughter Caroline Kennedy as U.S. ambassador to Japan, offering the most famous living member of a prominent American family a new role of service to country…

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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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Japan, S. Korea Rift Widens With Court Ruling on Wartime Abuses

July 12th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Thomas Berger, Voice of America 0 comments

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A court in South Korea this week for the first time ordered a Japanese company to pay compensation to victims of forced labor during Japan’s colonial rule…

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“Japanese-Korean relations are arguably in the worst state that they’ve been in decades. And, certainly, they can get a lot worse. But, certainly, if…Korean courts start seizing property of the Japanese, this will really lead to further disruption.”

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Sentiment Builds in China to Press Claim for Okinawa

June 13th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York Times, Newsmakers, Thomas Berger 0 comments

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A group of Chinese scholars, analysts and military officials convened on a recent morning in a spartan schoolroom to draw attention to China’s simmering territorial dispute with Japan…

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“These are territories that historically fell into the Chinese sphere of control until Japan forcibly began its course of aggressive expansionism in the late 19th century. Since the Cairo Declaration committed the Allies to reversing Japan’s history of aggression, Okinawa could be included.”

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It’s Time To End Japan’s Defense Dependence On The United States

January 28th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Forbes, Newsmakers, Thomas Berger 0 comments

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America’s war in Afghanistan is winding down, but the U.S. must worry about conflict elsewhere…

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Japan courts Myanmar as China watches

January 22nd, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Global Times, Newsmakers, Thomas Berger 0 comments

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During his first overseas trip to Southeast Asia, newly inaugurated Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stressed once more Japan’s interest in cooperation with Myanmar on Thursday, a couple of weeks after Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso’s visit to the country…

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As Dispute Over Islands Escalates, Japan and China Send Fighter Jets to the Scene

January 18th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York Times, Newsmakers, Thomas Berger 0 comments

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The action in the skies over the East China Sea started simply enough…

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