Politics and Economy

Tomoko Ako
'Rule of law' still distant in China
In China, more than 200 human rights lawyers and related personnel were taken in or detained from July 9 to 16. Although most of them have already been released, around 20 remain detained or out of contact.
Tetsuo Shibata
Abe's war statement needs to include the region's shared values
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in the spotlight both at home and abroad over what he will say in his statement to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Ari Nakano
Revising official view of history in Vietnam no easy matter
History is at times created by the media. So says Le Van Phuong, a lieutenant in the People’s Army of North Vietnam (also known as the North Vietnamese Army) who, riding a tank, was among the first to enter the presidential compound of South Vietnam in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) on April 30, 1975.
Yoshiharu Tsuboi
Vietnam's balancing act between the U.S., China
At a time when Vietnam is growing increasingly wary of China, I was invited to an April 30 ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.
Bhubhindar Singh
Abe has chance to make history with statement marking 70th anniversary of war
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the United States at the end of April was a resounding success. One of the main outcomes of the five-day visit was the signing of the new Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation.
Tomoko Ako
Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang being punished unfairly
Pu Zhiqiang, a Chinese human rights lawyer, has been indicted by prosecutors in Beijing for the crimes of inciting a public disturbance and stirring up racial enmity. He was detained for holding a private study session for a dozen or so people in May 2014 to reflect on the 25th anniversary of the crackdown against pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square.
Japan still too inward-looking to recognize untapped resource of global citizens
Kotetsu Murakami is 7 years old. At his elementary school, in line with current educational policy, his principal often writes in his newsletters about the need for Japan to produce "global human resources" (gurobaru jinzai). As a means to this end, all pupils at his school learn English.
Akira Iriye
Japan must make a full commitment to the principle of human rights
Historians worldwide are in great demand this spring as people and governments everywhere commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Damian Flanagan
Why are Japanese universities not regarded as among the best in the world?
Last year, the Japanese government announced a project that's curiously reminiscent of the halcyon days of the 1970s and 1980s MITI (Ministry of International Trade and Industry) economic central planning.
Michiko Yoshii
From protesting the Vietnam War to opposing nuclear power
“Ms. Yoshii, would you write a manuscript for part of a book?” I received this request in September last year from Huynh Ngoc Van, the director of the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, where I was leading a student tour.
Satoshi Kamata
Opposite rulings on reactor restarts underscore legal system divided over nuclear power
The issue of restarting Japan's nuclear reactors is sparking major antagonism in Japanese society on par with the debate over the burden Okinawa bears for hosting U.S. military bases.
Michiko Yoshii
Anti-nuclear activists soldier on in nuclear energy powerhouse France
France, smaller than either the United States or China, has solidly embraced nuclear power. Its 58 nuclear reactors deliver 75 percent of the country's electricity.
Li Zhidong
China steps up efforts to fight global warming
As negotiations intensify over a framework to stop global warming from 2020 onward, the Chinese government is stepping up efforts to combat climate change.
Kook Joong-ho
Why are third-generation chaebol family members so selfish?
The brattish behavior exhibited by Cho Hyun-ah on a Korean Air Lines flight last December made headlines around the world. The absurdity of ordering an aircraft already in flight back to the boarding gate at a New York airport because of the way a flight attendant served nuts was, to say the least, very strange behavior.
Ra Mason
Why a sense of nationalism is needed among Okinawans
A group of high-profile intellectuals and business leaders recently gathered at Okinawa International University (OIU) to discuss Okinawa’s right to self-determination.
Yoichi Funabashi
Lee Kuan Yew impressed by Japan's recovery, frustrated by its inwardness
Lee Kuan Yew, the former prime minister of Singapore who is called the founding father of the city state, died on March 23. He was 91.
Peter McGill
Hostage crisis a perfect opportunity for Abe to expand reach of the SDF
Could Kenji Goto’s sickening execution by Islamic State have been avoided?
Toshiya Tsugami
The Silk Road bubble: Impossible for China's high-speed rail plan to turn profit
There is an economic catchphrase that has been making the rounds in China the past few months: "One Belt and One Road."
Haruki Wada
Abe's war-anniversary statement raises questions about Japan's future course
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe most certainly has strong feelings about the statement he will release in August, the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Michiko Yoshii
Illuminations bathe Ho Chi Minh in light, but nuclear project looms on horizon
For Christmas and New Year's, I visited Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where I lived for 12 years until 2005. It was my first time in a decade in the city during the holiday season.

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