Japan’s Response to ISIS

Perhaps it was the sheer brutality of Muath al-Kasesbeh’s death by immolation that caused attention to shift so quickly. Prior to ISIS’s horrific execution of the Jordanian fighter pilot who crash landed in enemy territory in Syria, international outrage at the terror group was aimed towards its recent beheadings of a pair of Japanese nationals. While the world voiced its indignation at the deaths of Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto, ISIS proceeded to set a new benchmark for savagery—even by its own standards—by burning al-Kasesbeh alive in a gut-wrenching video posted…

The Sino-Japanese Relationship

China’s decision to send fighter jets to the East China Sea last November exacerbated an already tense standoff with its neighbor Japan. The Chinese government dispatched these jets to a disputed group of islands, the ownership of which is one among a litany of issues causing animosity between the two Asian giants today. China and Japan have been at odds over who controls these islands—which China calls Diaoyou and Japan calls Senkaku—for the past forty years on-and-off, but tensions flared up again in mid-2012. Although somewhat tempered now, tensions continue…