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Interview in The New York Times

With scandals plaguing him at home and concerns about being sidelined on the foreign policy front, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe isn’t having the easiest time lately. I commented on some of his political difficulties in today’s New York Times. Read … Continue reading

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Fall 2018 Classes Announced

I will be offering two classes this fall at the University of Hawaii at Manoa: Asian Studies 462: Contested Issues in Contemporary Japan (undergraduate/graduate) Asian Studies 620: Conflict and Cooperation in Asia (graduate) No prerequisites are required to enroll in … Continue reading

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Comments in The New York Times & Financial Review

My comments on recent developments in US foreign policy toward Asia were featured in two recent news articles: The New York Times, “Trump’s Unpredictability on Trade and North Korea Opens a Door for China,” March 10, 2018, by Motoko Rich. … Continue reading

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PAAC Global Vision Summit on Climate Change

On Saturday, March 3, the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council brought together 189 students from 27 high schools on 5 islands for their Global Vision Summit on Climate Change hosted at UH West Oahu. Students played the roles of delegates … Continue reading

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Interview in The New York Times

I was recently interviewed in The New York Times about Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono. Since Kono was appointed in August 2017, there has been much speculation about his potential as a future leader of the Liberal Democratic Party and of Japan. Read the full article

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Talk at Japan Studies Association, Spring 2018 Courses

After a wonderful fall semester as a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard University Program on US-Japan Relations, I am back in Honolulu and off to a running start. I presented some of my new research on Japanese defense capacity building … Continue reading

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Interview in The New York Times

I was recently interviewed by The New York Times about the “fresh start” in Sino-Japanese relations announced by Prime Minister Abe and President Xi and the potential for meaningful improvement between the two countries. Read the full article  

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Interview on BBC World News

I enjoyed speaking with BBC World News this evening about President Trump’s visit to Asia and trade policy.

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Interview in The Washington Post

I was recently interviewed by The Washington Post about American alliances in Asia and President Trump’s contrasting personal relationships with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Korean President Moon Jae-in up to this point. Read the full article

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New: Japan’s Quest to Preserve the Trans-Pacific Partnership

I have a short article out in IAPS Dialogue today on Japan’s efforts to keep the Trans-Pacific Partnership alive after the US withdrawal from the agreement in January. Thanks to the editors for inviting me to be part of their … Continue reading

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