Tag Archives: Japan

Will Japan Comply with the ICJ’s Whaling Decision?

Yesterday the International Court of Justice ruled that a Japanese government-sponsored program for hunting certain species of whales in the Antarctic violates the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling. Japan had argued that the program was lawful under Article III … Continue reading

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A Comment on the Future of the Senkaku / Diaoyu Dispute

James Holmes from the Naval War College posted a good article at Foreign Policy on the growing strength of the Chinese navy. He acknowledges limits to the force’s current capabilities and a number of unknowns about the potency of its armaments and … Continue reading

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Japan’s Vulnerability Under the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty

Many have noted that the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security could pull the United States into the dispute between Japan and China over the Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands by obligating the United States to come to Japan’s defense … Continue reading

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New Paper on the Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands Dispute

I posted a new essay on the dispute between Japan and China concerning sovereignty over the Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands. Here’s the abstract: Legal analyses on the sovereignty dispute over the Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands have been unfavorable to Japan. The literature … Continue reading

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Fukushima and the Law of the Sea

Two days ago, Japan’s nuclear regulatory agency disclosed estimates of the volume of radioactive material that has escaped from the Fukushima reactor complex since the March earthquake and tsunami. The agency estimates that the emitted volume of radioactive cesium is approximately 168 … Continue reading

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