May 14, 2015 | Ra Mason
The Asahi Shimbun’s extraordinary and groundbreaking case study analysis of media influence in Japan was expertly translated into English by Barack Kushner earlier this year.
May 08, 2015 | J. Berkshire Miller
In April, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held his second informal summit meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Jakarta on the sidelines of the 60th anniversary of the Asian-African Conference.
April 24, 2015 | Junko Oikawa
Cultural exchanges are like a relay race. You take the baton that somebody hands you, then pass it on to the next person. Of course, culture exchanges are not contests of speed. The desires of people who wish to pass on what they know about wonderful cultures can turn into a "positive chain" that perpetuates itself.
April 23, 2015 | James Gannon
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the United States symbolizes how far our two nations have come over the past seven decades.
Interview/ Lee Jong-won: Repeated talks during 50 years of Japan-S. Korea relations try to resolve historical issues
April 21, 2015 | LEE Jong-won
On the 50th anniversary of the normalization of relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) in 1965, the prospect for top-level talks between the two countries remains bleak.
April 21, 2015 | Richard Lawless
China’s aggressive behavior generated a willingness on the part of the United States and Japan to find new areas of defense cooperation, said a former top U.S. Department of Defense official in charge of Asia.
April 09, 2015 | Tang Siew Mun
The first brick in the construction of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) was literally laid on Oct. 24, 2014, with 21 countries signing onto the Chinese initiative to fund infrastructure development in emerging countries.
March 27, 2015 | Satoshi Kamata
The island of Tahiti in French Polynesia juts out into the South Pacific. From the No. 3 south wharf at the Port of Papeete, in the country's capital, one can see the town right in front of you.
March 23, 2015 | J. Berkshire Miller
Thailand Interim Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha touched down in Tokyo in early February for a summit meeting with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe.
March 16, 2015 | Izumi Sakurai
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and South Korea.
January 28, 2015 | Ra Mason
Since the recent high profile referendum on Scotland’s proposed independence from the United Kingdom, Japan’s southernmost prefecture, Okinawa, has been infused with the renewed idea that devolution is a not an impossible dream. This has been underlined by the latest round of gubernatorial and Lower House election victories for candidates opposing central government policy on the relocation of U.S. bases within the prefecture.
January 19, 2015 | J. Berkshire Miller
The U.S.-China relationship has been put in focus since U.S. President Barack Obama’s meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit last November. Of course, there are significant perception concerns regarding the concept of “major power relations” and the bifurcation of its interpretation between Beijing and Washington.
December 05, 2014 | Kazuko Mori
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, representing two neighboring countries, met in Beijing on Nov. 10, the first meeting between the leaders of Japan and China in two and a half years.
November 26, 2014 | Tetsuo Shibata
Ahead of the Nov. 10 meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japan and China announced on Nov. 7 a statement of consensus.
November 21, 2014 | J. Berkshire Miller
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with U.S. President Barack Obama and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Nov.16 on the sidelines of the G-20 Leaders’ Summit held in Australia.
November 07, 2014 | Kook Joong-ho
In his book "Atarashii Kuni e" (Toward a new country), Prime Minister Shinzo Abe states, "We learned civility from Confucianism, the spirit of self-discipline from Zen Buddhism, and feelings of respect for ancestors and awe of nature from Shinto. The forgiving heart is another trait of the Japanese people."
October 24, 2014 | Susumu Kohari
Seoul has given a reason for even more Japanese to ask, “What the heck is with the country of South Korea?”
October 06, 2014 | Peter McGill
To the outside world, the standoff over the Senkaku cluster of islands, Diaoyu in Chinese, is so bizarre as to draw comparisons with Gulliver's Travels. How can giants China and Japan, not to mention dynamo Taiwan, be at daggers drawn over such miniscule flecks of rock?
August 13, 2014 | Ma Licheng
Ma Licheng, a Beijing-based journalist who criticized both Japanese and Chinese nationalism in an essay published in 2002, visited Japan in mid-July and was interviewed by The Asahi Shimbun.
August 01, 2014 | Jusen Asuka
There are two patterns to the way Japanese politicians respond to China's air pollution problem and the potential inflow of atmospheric contaminants, such as PM2.5 pollutants, into Japan. They either say, "China is outrageous. We should protest strongly" or "Japan should help with solutions."