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".
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 | 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.

16 Apr 2019 - 11:12PM

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?
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.

2 Jan 2019 - 4:32AM

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
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.

4 Aug 2018 - 1:37PM

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
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.

15 Apr 2018 - 6:10PM

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
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.

31 Jan 2018 - 7:41PM

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
Why Japan needs to revisit the 2015 ‘comfort women’ deal with South Korea