Politics and Economy

Michiko Yoshii
Secret plan spurs young people's interest in Okinawa election
Just over half a year has passed since I became a resident of Okinawa Prefecture. In early November, as the Nov. 16 date approached for voting in Okinawa’s gubernatorial election where the biggest issue was the relocation of a U.S. military base to Henoko, I was at my wits’ end over what I could do other than cast my lone ballot. I then heard about a private high school in Naha that was planning a mock election.
Tomoko Ako
Detained Chinese lawyer Pu Zhiqiang has a crucial voice and must be released
When I snapped a photo of lawyer Pu Zhiqiang against the backdrop of Mount Fuji, he was beaming. His smile does him credit.
Satoshi Kamata
Onaga's campaign much like an Okinawan declaration of independence
Takeshi Onaga, the former mayor of Naha who called for an “all-Okinawa” mobilization, won the prefecture’s gubernatorial election on Nov. 16, defeating incumbent Governor Hirokazu Nakaima by a wide margin of more than 100,000 votes.
Kazuko Uemura
INTERVIEW/ Kazuko Uemura: Worst thing is for politicians to ignore scourge of hate speech
Complaints and threats poured in after the Kunitachi municipal assembly in Tokyo adopted a statement on Sept. 19 calling on the Japanese government to enact a law banning hate speech that incites ethnic discrimination.
Satoshi Kamata
Discrimination lies behind 50 years of ignored innocence pleas in Sayama case
Around 3,000 people assembled for a public gathering on Oct. 31 at the Hibiya Open-Air Concert Hall to seek a retrial in the Sayama case. In a march through the Ginza district toward Tokyo Station, they insisted that Kazuo Ishikawa, 75, was innocent.
Michiko Yoshii
Similarities come into focus in talk of nuclear plants, U.S. bases with ethnic minority in Vietnam
The first construction project for a nuclear power plant in Vietnam is proceeding in Ninh Thuan province, on the country's south-central coast.
Tomoko Ako
Rational, good-natured protests in Hong Kong a model for China
One month has passed since the start of the demonstrations and occupation movement in Hong Kong against Beijing's plan to reform the system for electing the chief executive of Hong Kong in three years' time.
Park Sooni
Today's youths organize opposition to new state secrets protection law
"Oppose the state secrets protection law! Get up! Stand up! Stand up for your rights! Get up! Stand up! Don’t give up the fight!"
Yoshifu Arita
U.N. committee takes harsh view of Japan's racial discrimination
I sat in on the proceedings of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Aug. 19 and 20, which conducted a review of Japan, in Geneva, Switzerland.
[PR] Campus Asia International Forum: An Aim at Nurturing the Next Generation for the Future of Asia (2)
Section II: Presentations by students of the three universities
[PR] Campus Asia International Forum: An Aim at Nurturing the Next Generation for the Future of Asia (1)
Toshiya Tsugami
Is the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank a challenge to the Bretton Woods system?
It seems likely the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a new international financial institution, will be established next year with Chinese backing.
INTERVIEW/ Naoki Kato: Hate speech sparks memories of post-quake massacres in 1923
A small Tokyo publisher has released a book that is selling quietly in Japan right now. “Kugatsu: Tokyo no Rojo de” (September: On the road in Tokyo) was written by Naoki Kato, a 47-year-old freelancer.
Ari Nakano
Concerns fester in Vietnam over China policy, industrial pollution
Many times I have heard intellectuals critical of Vietnam's system of Communist Party rule say, "This country's political system will change in a few years."
Jeff Zucker
INTERVIEW/CNN President Jeff Zucker: CNN retains trust in world where everyone is a 'journalist'
In today's global world with the Internet and blogs, everyone fancies himself a journalist, but that's where the "brand and trust" are so important, according to Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide.
Husel Borjigin
China, Russia jockeying for influence in Mongolia
A flurry of great power diplomacy is unfolding in Mongolia, which occupies a key geopolitical position because of its natural resources.
Satoshi Kamata
‘Black companies’ leaving trail of low pay and death
My French friend André L’Hénoret, who is a Catholic priest, worked at a small factory in Kawasaki, a city on the outskirts of Tokyo, to live alongside the laborers. One day, a co-worker said something with a worried look on his face: “André, if you don’t work overtime, you’ll never become Japanese.”
Junko Oikawa
Xi's clampdown on free speech has potential for backlash
The Xi administration in China has been tightening controls on free speech.
J. Berkshire Miller
Japan’s Russia policy is in shambles over Ukraine, Kurils
When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe returned to power in late 2012, he was determined to change the stagnant state of relations with Russia. Through a series of summits--in Russia and on the sidelines of international conferences--with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Abe’s push appeared to be gaining traction.
Park Sooni
Ethnic Korean under threat from xenophobes sues over hate speech
An ethnic Korean freelance writer who lives in Osaka Prefecture has filed a lawsuit against a right-wing group, its leader and another group, claiming they have disparaged her with hate speech.

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