Politics and Economy

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.
Peter McGill
Japan faces multitude of challenges at 70th anniversary of the end of World War II
Watching German Chancellor Angela Merkel visit London and march with world leaders in Paris served as a reminder of the differences between Germany and Japan as the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II approaches. Merkel visited an exhibition at the British Museum called “Germany: Memories of a Nation.” The Financial Times called the exhibition, which traces 600 years of German history, “a subtle tribute to the way her country has faced up to the most shameful episodes of its past.”
Narushige Michishita
In which direction is Kim Jong Un taking North Korea?
Three years have passed since Kim Jong Un became North Korea’s new leader. He could have spent these years mourning the death of his father--Kim Jong Il--based on Korean tradition, but he didn’t. Instead, the young Kim devoted his time to solidifying his political position and creating his personality cult.
Junko Oikawa
China pushes rule of law under Communist Party leadership
China marked its first National Constitution Day on Dec. 4, 2014 with President Xi Jinping emphasizing that "the Constitution is the fundamental law of the state." He added, "To maintain national governance based on law, first we must maintain national governance based on the Constitution."
Damian Flanagan
British writer will never forget surviving the Great Hanshin Earthquake
Jan. 17 marks exactly 20 years since the Kobe earthquake (aka Great Hanshin Earthquake), at the time the most devastating earthquake to have occurred in Japan since the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923.
Yoshiyuki Ogasawara
Ma's defeat in Taiwan and the China factor
Taiwan's ruling Nationalist Party, known as the Kuomintang (KMT), suffered a stunning defeat in magistrate and mayoral elections held Nov. 29, 2014. The losses were particularly acute in Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung and other key cities.
Naoki Kato
Why the swarm of anti-Korean and anti-Chinese books at bookstores?
Bookshelves on "international relations" in leading Japanese stores are now crammed with titles that incite negativity, hostility and animosity toward Korea and China.

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