April 15 is tax day for most Americans. It is the deadline for Americans - rich or poor - to file and pay their taxes. But this year, it appears, it is also smear China day. You may think with so much things going on in the world, things to do, that perhaps for this one day, China might be spared unnecessary smearing. But it is not to be so. Last week, on April 15, both … [Read more...] about Malaysia Airline MH370 – American Media Fanning the Flame Wars
What is a Holocaust?
Earlier today, I stumbled upon a curious article in the Washington Post titled "This is why Germany doesn't want China anywhere near Berlin’s holocaust memorial". According to the article, President Xi was (in short) barred from visiting German's Holocaust memorial in Berlin because Germany was worried about embarrassing Japan. Here is a copy of the article in … [Read more...] about What is a Holocaust?
Toward a Japan-Anchored Asian Order?
Peter Lee wrote an interesting piece at Asia Times titled "India places its Asian bet on Japan" today regarding his take of India's recent rapprochement with Japan. Before reading this piece, I had regarded Singh's recent trip to Japan as nothing much more than two second-rate power trying to form a second-rate alliance against a perceived first-rate power. But perhaps there … [Read more...] about Toward a Japan-Anchored Asian Order?
US Grounds Boeing 787, The Anatomy of a 20 Year Denial, and a Bubble of Self-Confidence
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323301104578257862879948292.html An almost sad tribute to Boeing's 787 above, attributes the recent Infernal Batteries problem of two 787 a week apart from each other, both while in normal operations, to the growing pain of "innovation". Except, this was not "innovation". Using such batteries in airplanes perhaps, but the … [Read more...] about US Grounds Boeing 787, The Anatomy of a 20 Year Denial, and a Bubble of Self-Confidence
A Response to a Japan Scholar’s Response: War Loot is Ours to Keep
In a recent comment, one of our readers pointed out: http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/04/the-diaoyusenkaku-islands-a-japanese-scholar-responds/ I thought this is a funny read of a Japanese ‘scholar’ thinks that why ‘Senkaku’ islands belongs to Japan. I don't think the conclusion is "funny" at all. I think it's "serious." Below is a very quick response (sorry, … [Read more...] about A Response to a Japan Scholar’s Response: War Loot is Ours to Keep