Politics and Economy

Satoshi Kamata
Abe making a mockery of energy policy at the expense of human lives
Four recent prime ministers have banded together to call for "no nuclear power" and express their opposition to restarts of nuclear reactors. But the current incumbent, Shinzo Abe, has turned a deaf ear to their plea.
Atsuhito Isozaki
Pyongyang will demand commensurate action by Tokyo over abduction investigation
When North Korean General Secretary Kim Jong Il died in December 2011, a debate emerged over a possible transition to a collective leadership system due to the “insufficient experience” of his third son, Kim Jong Un.
Yoshiyuki Ogasawara
Recent efforts, mutual desires between Taipei and Beijing bear close watching: Top-level meeting?
With only a year and a half remaining on his term in office, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou is facing another difficult and troublesome summer.
Satoshi Kamata
Sexist remarks represent the ‘typical thoughts’ of Japanese men
Criticism has finally emerged over sexist speech in Japan’s legislatures. Until now, nothing had been done about these despicable, seemingly unbearable remarks, despite the concerns women raised about them.
Toshiya Tsugami
Xi Jinping battles for a 'Chinese Communist Party 2.0'
Four major changes have occurred in China since President Xi Jinping took power: the concentration of power in the hands of Xi, an iron-handed war against corruption, the bold "Third Plenary Session reforms" and much tighter controls on speech and thought.
Kook Joong-ho
With ferry disaster, South Korean society shows its true colors
When a shocking accident or incident occurs, a normally invisible part of the society trying to make sense of the event inevitably rises to the surface.
Lee Hong-chun
The Sewol ferry disaster and its impact on South Korean society
The Sewol ferry disaster on April 16 that left more than 300 people dead or missing has much in common with another ferry sinking, also in South Korea, that claimed 292 lives in 1993.
Hideki Okuzono
No decisive election victory after S. Korean ferry disaster
Elections for local administrations were held simultaneously across South Korea on June 4. At first, the media reported an overwhelming advantage for the majority Saenuri Party due to the high support rate for the Park Geun-hye administration, while discounting the chances of the opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD), formed through a seemingly ineffective political merger.
Satoshi Kamata
Two men in lifelong battle against leprosy pass on
Japan in the Meiji Era (1868-1912) adopted a policy of "forced isolation and extermination" to fight leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease.
Tomoko Ako
China's reformist intellectuals waging a lonely battle
Reformist intellectuals including civil rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang and Xu Youyu, a former researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences who has advocated for the creation of a democratic society, were taken into custody by Chinese authorities after joining a closed-door debate session on the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident.
SYMPOSIUM IN BEIJING/ 'Nontraditional' setup needed to reduce friction in East Asia
BEIJING--Given their current sharp political and diplomatic differences, Japan, China and South Korea should promote exchanges and cooperate in “nontraditional” areas to prevent the situation from spiraling out of control.
Xie Zhihai
The rationale behind China's decision to establish a National Security Council
China surprised many people with its announcement last November of plans to establish a National Security Council.
Akira Ozeki
Why isn't the battle to support whaling being waged philosophically?
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has said "no" to Japan's research whaling efforts in the Antarctic Ocean. Many Japanese officials seem to have been taken aback by the ruling, but what is more surprising to me is that they had such a rosy view.
Manmade disaster (The Korea herald)
The ferry that sank off the nation’s southern coast Wednesday with 475 passengers on board again brought home to us the lack of safety awareness prevalent in Korean society.
Ra Mason
Ambassador Kennedy’s dolphin tweet and the fight for Japan’s identity
For all the talk of ethical and political implications, it is surely the timing of U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy’s “dolphin tweet” that created the mini-media storm in response.
J. Berkshire Miller
Japan walks tightrope with North Korea
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared before an anxious crowd last winter at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. The speech, one element of a charm offensive in Washington, is now regarded as part of the “Japan is back” narrative that the Abe administration has been promoting since it wrested power in December 2012.
Satoshi Kamata
Hakodate lawsuit could create ripple effect for all nuclear power plants
The Shimokita Peninsula in Aomori Prefecture is situated at the northern end of Honshu, the central island in the Japanese archipelago. Shaped like an upright hatchet, the peninsula sits across from the island of Hokkaido. And on the edge of its “blade” is the Oma nuclear power plant.
Michael Donald Kirby
INTERVIEW/ Michael Kirby: Horrors of N. Korean prison camps reminiscent of Nazi death camps
GENEVA--The head of a United Nations investigative panel on human rights in North Korea said that the country’s leaders should be held accountable for crimes against humanity.
Tony Abbott
Trade means jobs
If there is a compelling international lesson of the last half century it is that trade improves understanding between nations. Every time one person freely trades with another, wealth increases; and when wealth increases, countries grow stronger.
Nicholas Koumjian
Japan’s support for Khmer Rouge trials is vital part of Asian leadership
At least 1.7 million Cambodians, over a fifth of the population, lost their lives during the four-year rule of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime (1975-79).

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