User Profile: Stephanie Chiu
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[O]nce the pact’s automatic extensions expire, it’s possible the agreement may end ... There’s no telling when the situation may suddenly change. [Read more]
Clearly, North Korea wants to say, “We have the power to attack the American mainland.”
Early on the morning of Nov. 29, North Korea launched a ballistic missile toward the Sea of Japan. The missile flew about 1,000 kilometers (approximately 621 miles), falling within Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone, west of [Read more]
The current administration has been shrouded by a fog of suspicion that hasn’t subsided. [Read more]
It’s difficult to imagine that it would be appropriate for the “leader” of a great country to stir up ridicule and confrontation in such a critical situation.
President Trump gave his first speech at the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Trump ridiculed Kim Jong Un, the chairman of North Korea’s [Read more]
The selfishness of the Trump administration knows no bounds. [Read more]
The international community has already begun constructing a foundation without America. [Read more]
Sending messages one-sidedly on Twitter can’t even be called an explanation. [Read more]
The Philippines has adopted a strategy where it gives lip service to both Japan and China in order to draw as much assistance as it possibly can. [Read more]
There has perhaps never been a time that so desperately seeks leadership from the U.S. president until now. After all, the world is growing ever more anxious both geo-politically and economically, while the international situation remains chaotic.
The new president who will assume office next January will need to [Read more]
The Democratic and Republican parties are ripping a fissure in society, without heeding the many voices of U.S. citizens. [Read more]
With China and Russia clearly trying to take control of the Spratly Islands and the Crimean Peninsula respectively, I cannot help but feel they are threats. [Read more]
President Obama made his first visit to Hiroshima as president of the United States, where he stated, “We must have the courage to escape the logic of fear and pursue a world without [nuclear weapons].” As the only country that has used nuclear weapons, and as the top major power to possess nuclear weapons, this is [Read more]
The world’s eyes are on Okinawa. The government should be aware of this. [Read more]
This is a barbaric act that tramples upon the dignity of a woman, and we will remember this indignation. [Read more]
In an international community with considerably declined U.S. leadership, we ask what diplomatic and security measures the U.S. will take in response to Russia’s unyielding attitude and China’s steadily rising prominence. [Read more]
The U.S. is in an abnormal, persistent situation where roughly 30,000 people die in gun-related incidents every year. [Read more]
Japan has supported Afghanistan through reconstruction projects and police training. I’d like for us to continue on a steady path of cooperation, [Read more]
In America, the "Chinese Threat" has only intensified. [Read more]
On the coast of Ikeijima, an island that is part of Urumashi City in Okinawa Prefecture, a U.S. army helicopter broke down in the middle of Special Forces training and crashed onto the deck of an American warship. Though there were no casualties, seven out of 17 crew members were injured, including two crew members who [Read more]
A random shooting occurred in a black church located in the southern part of America, claiming the lives of nine black people. The suspect is a 21-year-old white man who opened fire while making racist claims. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, or FBI, has begun investigating this as a hate crime, and it definitely [Read more]
The Japanese and American governments have both ignored the popular will of the Okinawan people, and embraced the new American base. In response to this, a declaration to launch a full-blown counterattack rooted in history has been sounded. Prefectural Governor Takeshi Onaga’s strong will and sometimes even anger [Read more]
Useless words are dancing around. That’s the uncontrollable impression I’m getting.
Defense Minister Gen. Nakatani held a discussion with U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. In the press conference, Nakatani said in regard to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma that its relocation to Henoko in the city of Nago [Read more]
There is no such thing as a policy without options. It’s time the Japanese and American governments consider an option besides Henoko. [Read more]
We are now fully realizing the overbearing danger of the bases and the hostile lifestyle we live as a result.
On the evening of Jan. 15, an AH-1 Super Cobra attack helicopter belonging to the American Futenma base had been flying in the practice airspace near Tonaki Village in Idesuna Island — Irisuna Island — [Read more]
The citizens have been suffering from the Battle of Okinawa and the continuing rule of American forces on top of it. [Read more]
So long as we don’t know what America considers important, everything will be no more than just an armchair theory. [Read more]
In response to sanctions by the United States and the European Union in the Ukraine crisis, Russia has taken the plunge by banning imports of its agricultural and marine products. However, these restraints will only invite increased antagonism from the U.S. and the EU, and set Ukraine’s safety even farther away.
Connect the dots to make a line and cast light upon the true nature of everything.
As arguments favoring restrictive deployment of troops waver after rapid progresses in military technology, the recent movement of American troops in the Asia-Pacific region takes on the distinct shape of a harbinger of growing change, [Read more]
In order to maintain peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, expanding cooperation between Japan-U.S. defense departments and enhancing the efficiency of the alliance are crucial.
Secretary of Defense Panetta made his first visit to Japan and held a conference with Prime Minister Noda, Defense Minister [Read more]
There is an impression that the Okinawan side is being threatened through all possible means. These are the interactions between Japanese and American governments that revolve around the military air base in Futenma. Giving in to the threats is a mistake; wouldn’t you realize this when it keeps happening again and [Read more]
I want to ask this of Mr. Roos, the U.S. Ambassador to Japan: In your country, is a diplomat allowed to speak his own “personal thoughts” as if they were the president’s own words?
I was informed that on Sept. 21 (the 22nd in Japan) in the Japan-U.S. Summit Meeting, President Obama stated the following about the [Read more]
Eight years and nine months have passed since the start of the war against Iraq. America has finally put a historical end to the Iraq War.
During a welcome ceremony for returning soldiers at a North Carolina military base, President Obama announced the “end of the war.” The president criticized the war that former [Read more]
At this rate, nuclear missile deployment is just a matter of time. [Read more]
In Okinawa, both American soldiers and civilians in military employ are getting arrested one after another in rear-end collisions caused by drunk driving. The majority of the perpetrators are in their 40s. Instead of thinking “again?” the question “is there nothing we can do?” stands out first in our hearts. [Read more]
President Obama has entered his second term in office. Considering the polarization of the American government, the unstable economic and financial situation, the increasing instability of international circumstances and more, the future looks grim. Even if the superpower is declining, however, it is vital that they [Read more]
Prior to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to America in February, the Japanese government stated that it was considering an application to reclaim public waters as part of the plan to relocate the American Air Base in Futenma to Henoko in Nago City. However, there’s absolutely no way this could be passed. [Read more]
The year after an election is important in every country in the world. Among the events of America’s 2012 presidential election — an election that showed a highly divided public — former Congressman Gabrielle Giffords' appearance at the Democratic National Convention particularly stands out.
Last January, at a [Read more]
When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had his first conference with President Obama he confirmed — in relation to negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposal aimed at liberalizing trade — that “it is not required to make a prior commitment to unilaterally eliminate all tariffs upon joining the TPP [Read more]
This decision is a huge mistake. The United States Air Force resumed practice flights for F-15 fighters at the Kadena Air Base on the morning of May 30, a mere two days after the crash. Neither a detailed explanation of the accident nor a plan for preventing further incidents have been released, let alone an [Read more]
On June 4 in the United States, two fighter aircrafts, a Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet belonging to the U.S. Marine Corps and an AV-8B Harrier belonging to the U.S. Navy, crashed one after the other. The Super Hornet was a part of the United States Forces Japan aircraft carrier the USS George Washington, and occasionally [Read more]
Even if the full picture is not shown, one can still piece the puzzle together little by little to get a sense of the image. If we liken the recent movements of the U.S. Marines to the puzzle, one can then clearly see from it just how weak the basis behind the garrison in Okinawa is.
According to the American [Read more]