Jeff Kingston

Jeff Kingston

Jeff Kingston is director of Asian Studies at Temple University, Japan. Most recently, he co-edited "Japan’s Foreign Relations with Asia" (2018) and edited "Press Freedom in Contemporary Japan" (2017). His latest monograph is "Nationalism in Asia: A History Since 1945".

Latest from Jeff Kingston

Opinion | Japan welcomes end of Trump era but has its doubts over Joe Biden-led US

Former prime minister Shinzo Abe’s close ties with Donald Trump failed to get results as the president ran roughshod over Japan and the notion of multilateralism, the core of its diplomacy. Tokyo will welcome renewed US engagement in Asia but is still hedging its bets, amid lingering questions about waning US influence.

Former prime minister Shinzo Abe’s close ties with Donald Trump failed to get results as the president ran roughshod over Japan and the notion of multilateralism, the core of its diplomacy. Tokyo will welcome renewed US engagement in Asia but is still hedging its bets, amid lingering questions about waning US influence.

Japan welcomes end of Trump era but has its doubts over Joe Biden-led US
18 Nov 2020 - 1:32AM
Opinion | When Japan’s Emperor Akihito steps down, will his pacifist legacy persist despite resurgent nationalism?

The Japanese emperor, who will abdicate in favour of his son Naruhito, was the nation’s chief emissary of post-war reconciliation in Asia. His pacifist leanings have been at odds with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s revisionist view of history.

The Japanese emperor, who will abdicate in favour of his son Naruhito, was the nation’s chief emissary of post-war reconciliation in Asia. His pacifist leanings have been at odds with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s revisionist view of history.

When Japan’s Emperor Akihito steps down, will his pacifist legacy persist despite resurgent nationalism?
16 Apr 2019 - 11:12PM
Opinion | How Japan’s return to commercial whaling could actually kill the industry and save whales

Japan’s defiance of an international ban on commercial whaling could yield positive results. Tokyo can raise a nationalist banner over its exit from the agreement, but also pull the plug on a heavily subsidised industry.

Japan’s defiance of an international ban on commercial whaling could yield positive results. Tokyo can raise a nationalist banner over its exit from the agreement, but also pull the plug on a heavily subsidised industry.

How Japan’s return to commercial whaling could actually kill the industry and save whales
2 Jan 2019 - 4:32AM
On ‘comfort women’ and Japan’s war history, Abe’s historical amnesia is not the way forward

The anniversary of the Kono Statement, in which Japan apologised for its treatment of ‘comfort women’, is a reminder that the country must reckon sincerely with its past if it wants to build a new future with its neighbours.

The anniversary of the Kono Statement, in which Japan apologised for its treatment of ‘comfort women’, is a reminder that the country must reckon sincerely with its past if it wants to build a new future with its neighbours.

On ‘comfort women’ and Japan’s war history, Abe’s historical amnesia is not the way forward
4 Aug 2018 - 1:37PM
Shut out of North Korea summit talks, Shinzo Abe may move to shut them down

It may be too early to celebrate Donald Trump’s upcoming summit with Kim Jong-un, because the disgruntled Japanese prime minister may seek to stop them from happening – and might succeed.

It may be too early to celebrate Donald Trump’s upcoming summit with Kim Jong-un, because the disgruntled Japanese prime minister may seek to stop them from happening – and might succeed.

Shut out of North Korea summit talks, Shinzo Abe may move to shut them down
15 Apr 2018 - 6:10PM
Patriotism is in the air in Japan, but most citizens ignore the nationalistic fervour

The recent opening in Tokyo of a museum on disputed territories marks the beginning of a month of nationalistic celebrations in Japan. The average Japanese citizen, however, appears uninterested in these displays.

The recent opening in Tokyo of a museum on disputed territories marks the beginning of a month of nationalistic celebrations in Japan. The average Japanese citizen, however, appears uninterested in these displays.

Patriotism is in the air in Japan, but most citizens ignore the nationalistic fervour
31 Jan 2018 - 7:41PM
Why Japan needs to revisit the 2015 ‘comfort women’ deal with South Korea
8 Jan 2018 - 7:46PM