December 17, 2014 | Michiko Yoshii
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.
December 12, 2014 | Tomoko Ako
When I snapped a photo of lawyer Pu Zhiqiang against the backdrop of Mount Fuji, he was beaming. His smile does him credit.
December 10, 2014 | Satoshi Kamata
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.
December 04, 2014 | Kazuko Uemura
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.
December 01, 2014 | Satoshi Kamata
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.
November 20, 2014 | Michiko Yoshii
The first construction project for a nuclear power plant in Vietnam is proceeding in Ninh Thuan province, on the country's south-central coast.
November 14, 2014 | Tomoko Ako
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.
November 12, 2014 | Park Sooni
"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!"
November 05, 2014 | Yoshifu Arita
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)
October 31, 2014
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)
October 31, 2014
October 30, 2014 | Toshiya Tsugami
It seems likely the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a new international financial institution, will be established next year with Chinese backing.
October 29, 2014 | Naoki Kato
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.
October 16, 2014 | Ari Nakano
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."
October 14, 2014 | Jeff Zucker
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.
October 08, 2014 | Husel Borjigin
A flurry of great power diplomacy is unfolding in Mongolia, which occupies a key geopolitical position because of its natural resources.
October 02, 2014 | Satoshi Kamata
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.”
September 29, 2014 | Junko Oikawa
The Xi administration in China has been tightening controls on free speech.
September 26, 2014 | J. Berkshire Miller
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.
September 18, 2014 | Park Sooni
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.