July 24, 2014 | Satoshi Kamata
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.
July 18, 2014 | Toshiya Tsugami
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.
July 09, 2014 | Kook Joong-ho
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.
July 04, 2014 | Lee Hong-chun
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.
June 24, 2014 | Hideki Okuzono
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.
June 12, 2014 | Satoshi Kamata
Japan in the Meiji Era (1868-1912) adopted a policy of "forced isolation and extermination" to fight leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease.
June 06, 2014 | Tomoko Ako
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.
May 24, 2014
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.
May 21, 2014 | Xie Zhihai
China surprised many people with its announcement last November of plans to establish a National Security Council.
May 03, 2014 | Akira Ozeki
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.
April 19, 2014
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.
April 19, 2014 | Ra Mason
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.
April 12, 2014 | J. Berkshire Miller
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.
April 08, 2014 | Satoshi Kamata
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.
April 08, 2014 | Michael Donald Kirby
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.
April 03, 2014 | Tony Abbott
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.
April 01, 2014 | Nicholas Koumjian
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).
March 27, 2014 | Yoo Hyuck-soo
When I read the statement by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the time of his visit to Yasukuni Shrine late last year, I was reminded of "Haisen-go Ron" (A post-defeat treatise) by Norihiro Kato, a literary critic and professor at Waseda University, because of these words of Abe's: "I paid a visit to Yasukuni Shrine and expressed my sincere condolences, paid my respects and prayed for the souls of all those who had fought for the country and made the ultimate sacrifice."
March 25, 2014 | Hideki Wakabayashi
On Dec. 15, 2012, in the Laotian capital of Vientiane, 62-year-old citizen activist Sombath Somphone was stopped by police at a checkpoint and taken away by unidentified abductors.
March 20, 2014 | Toshiya Tsugami
On Dec. 26, 2013, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a surprise visit to Yasukuni Shrine. His trip to the controversial Shinto shrine made many Japanese worried about a possible replay of the waves of anti-Japanese protests that swept through China after Japan “nationalized” the disputed Senkaku Islands in September 2012.