Time for South Korea to beef up the role of the prime minister

By Markus Bell, University of Sheffield and Marco Milani, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences When South Korea’s Constitutional Court finally upheld the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye, ousted for cronyism and corruption, the massed protesters who spent months demanding her resignation breathed a collective sigh of relief. Their country…

America’s New Best Friend: The UK vs Japan

By Dr Peter Matanle, Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies and Director of Research and Innovation, School of East Asian Studies. Prime Minister Abe of Japan returned to Tokyo on Sunday 12 February having sealed his country’s position as a principal ally of the United States of America, in the process potentially even ousting the United…

Should we really be so afraid of a nuclear North Korea?

By Dr Markus Bell, Lecturer in Korean and Japanese Studies, SEAS, in collaboration with Marco Milani, University of Southern California The common thinking is that North Korea’s nuclear programme poses a threat to global peace and diverts economic resources from an impoverished population. North Korean leaders are depicted in the Western media as a cabal of…

Abe’s perilous Russian rapprochement

By Dmitry Filippov, PhD Student, School of East Asian Studies This article was originally posted on East Asia Forum Russo–Japanese ties gained traction throughout 2016 after over two years of marked stagnation brought on by the Ukraine crisis. In mid-December, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Japan, indicating that a Russo–Japanese rapprochement is clearly taking shape.…

At the Edge of the Modern Chinese Nation and Ex-Colonial Milieu

“At the Edge of the Modern Chinese Nation and Ex-Colonial Milieu: Transnationalism of the Chinese Community in Port of Spain, Trinidad, from the 1930s to 1970”  Dr. Sonoda Setsuko, an award winning transnational historian from Japan, recently gave a public research seminar at the School of East Asian Studies. Her seminar offered a fascinating account…