Politics and Economy

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.
Takashi Suzuki
Uighur question and why Beijing's policies in Xinjiang are not working
I'm sure most commentators would agree that in China today, the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region is the "weakest sphere" of Communist Party control.
Michiko Yoshii
A conversation with Black Sea fishermen about a nuclear power plant in their backyard
I had the opportunity to visit Istanbul and decided to check out the city of Sinop on the Black Sea coast.
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.

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