Category: Thomas Berger

Shinzo Abe Echoes Japan’s Past World War II Apologies but Adds None

New York Times (subscription required) Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Using the carefully chosen words that govern reckonings with Japan’s militarist past, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated his country’s official remorse for the catastrophe of World War II on Friday, the eve of the 70th anniversary of the […]

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

The Nation 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… View full article quoting expert Thomas Berger 

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

Wall Street Journal (subscription required) 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… Expert quote: “There is a lot that modern Japan […]

Abe Faces Balancing Act on Japanese Hostages

Wall Street Journal (subscription required) 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… Expert quote: “The Japanese government is well aware that giving in to hostage takers creates […]

$200M ransom demand a sign of ISIS’ financial desperation, say experts 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… Expert quote: “Japan officially does not admit it […]

Breaking Down the New Xenophobic Movement in Germany

Pacific Standard 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?… Expert quote: “Germany has done relatively well economically. But to think that the Germans’ economic machine is essentially this invincible economic juggernaut is a big mistake. […]

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

New York Times (subscription required) Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences 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… Expert quote: “The overwhelming majority of Japanese, especially […]

Japan’s Divided Education Strategy

New York Times (subscription required) Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences Japan’s simultaneous embrace of nationalism and cosmopolitanism is generating ambiguous signals from its education policy makers… Expert quote: “There is an obvious contradiction between Japan’s rightward shift on education policy and its strivings to internationalize.” View full article