Security Law in Japan

April 18, 2018 Cory Evans 0

Japan is the most powerful country in the world today to lack an official armed forces – all Japanese military units are formally considered self-defense forces only. How did this situation arise and what does it mean? […]


Pence’s Asian Mission

March 12, 2018 Cory Evans 0

By Cory Evans En-route to the recently concluded Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, Vice President Mike Pence stopped over in Tokyo for meetings with senior Japanese officials, including Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe. How did the […]


What is Shinto?

February 27, 2018 Cory Evans 0

By Cory Evans  Shinto is Japan’s folk religion. An ancient religious tradition, Shinto was already old before the first written Japanese texts. As a powerful force that shapes Japanese culture and identity, understanding Shinto is […]


Of Japan’s Blocs and Mergers

January 28, 2018 Cory Evans 0

By Cory Evans On January 14, Japan’s Democratic Party and the Party of Hope had reached a new coalition agreement. Three days later, the deal was off. What’s going on? And just what are these […]


Blue Pins Explained

January 15, 2018 Cory Evans 0

By Cory Evans Probably the most common question American politicians ask when they meet high-level Japanese Members of Parliament is simply this: “What’s the blue ribbon lapel pin for?” All Members of Parliament in Japan […]