Politics and Economy

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.
On silence of the electorate, voting and democracy in Japan
Author Satoshi Kamata recently wrote an article titled "Abe reveals true intentions after voting ends" for The Asahi Shimbun AJW.
Damian Flanagan
Satire not a strong point with Japanese
Recent tragic events in Paris have turned the world's gaze upon Islam and the cultural norms within the Islamic world. At the same time there has been a sharpening of attention to the mostly neglected backwater of satire.
Satoshi Kamata
Anti-nuclear movement in Taiwan faces a lengthy fight
Two square concrete buildings that resemble gigantic warehouses are fenced off from a local road where traffic flows.
Park Sooni
The day I embraced my heritage and hit the streets wearing a traditional Korean 'jeogori'
There is a photo decorating a nook in my room that was taken when I was about 1 year old. My brothers are wearing yellow and white Korean clothing and my mother is dressed in a pink traditional Korean "chima jeogori," but little me is wearing pink baby clothes.

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