Category: Thomas Berger

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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Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences

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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Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences

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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Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences

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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Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences

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

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Abe’s Defense Spending Goals Hampered by Japan’s Debt

January 11th, 2013 in 2013, Bloomberg, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Thomas Berger 0 comments

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Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plan to raise defense spending in response to China’s increasingly aggressive claims to disputed islands is running into budgetary restrictions…

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Why Japan Is Still Not Sorry Enough

December 11th, 2012 in 2012, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Thomas Berger, Time 0 comments

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Keen observers know that Japan’s ugly territorial disputes with its neighbors aren’t really about fishing grounds or oil and gas reserves or ancient historical claims…

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Japan and China hostages to public opinion over dispute

September 26th, 2012 in 2012, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Thomas Berger 0 comments

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Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences

Tokyo and Beijing are hostages to Chinese public opinion in a spat over disputed islands that shows no sign of ending, analysts say, warning the longer it goes on, the higher the chances of the situation escalating out of control…

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Japan’s Retailers Reopen China Stores as Demonstrations Ease

September 20th, 2012 in 2012, Bloomberg, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Thomas Berger 0 comments

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Japanese retailers today reopened stores in China that were closed amid violent protests over a territorial dispute, as demonstrations eased and Moody’s Investors Service said the short-term fallout from the disruption would be minimal…

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