Japan Institute for National Fundamentals
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Sep 18, 2014
【#264】What I Felt in Washington
Yoichi Shimada As a member of a delegation of the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals, I met with U.S. scholars and congressional officials during a week-long visit to Washington before returning home on September 14. I felt the dynamism of U.S. politics when I talked with sources close to 43-year old Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) who is known for his call for the U.S. .... <Read more>
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Sep 10, 2014
【#263】Battle against Islamic State Could Become Turning Point for Obama Foreign Policy?
Yasushi Tomiyama Signs of changes in the U.S. inward-looking mood are seen now that two American journalists have been killed by the radical Islamic State militant group that has taken control of northwestern Iraq and northeastern Syria. We must closely watch whether the Obama administration’s battle against the militant group could turn around .... <Read more>

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【#262】Japanese Foreign Ministry’s Distorted Explanations on Sex Slaves
Yoichi Shimada When studying the changing concept of slaves under international law in the Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law (Oxford University Press), I found an opinion of the Japanese Foreign Ministry that I had expected as stupid. The opinion is given in a footnote for a description in a section titled “Slavers.” The description says,

【#261】Xi Jinping Joins Hands with Hu Jintao in Power Struggle
Toshu Noguchi The Xi Jingping administration’s anti-corruption campaign has become similar to the past Cultural Revolution where betrayals were rampant. Xi is taking advantage of the campaign to remove obstacles and anti-Xi forces, linking it to his power struggle in the Chinese Communist Party.