April 24, 2015
In my second year in high school, a friend and I hitchhiked from Kobe to Hiroshima during the summer holidays. Our plan was to be in Hiroshima on Aug. 6. We arrived there late at night on Aug. 5.
April 21, 2015
CHIANG MAI, Thailand--A phrase in Japanese is painted in large letters across the front and rear windows of a Honda four-wheel drive vehicle that Anupong Tangwongsakul steers through the scorching heat of this northern Thai city.
April 20, 2015
GUANGZHOU, China--Readers may be surprised to learn there is a Statue of Liberty in China.
April 17, 2015
BEIJING--There is finally momentum toward improving Japan-China relations.
April 10, 2015
ISLAMABAD--Mushtaq, a 40-year-old restaurant owner, lives in daily fear for himself and his family: Terrorism is a deadly neighbor.
April 09, 2015
I traveled to Beijing for the first time in two years to cover the National People's Congress. On the night of March 15, when the session closed, I attended a function with colleagues when someone who checked a news site on their mobile phone said, "Xu Caihou died."
April 05, 2015
While German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is moving to pull the plug on nuclear power in her nation, was visiting Japan on March 9, I met with a former Lower House member.
April 04, 2015
Communities along the Sanriku coast of the Tohoku region, devastated by the tsunami following the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, reportedly remain in plight as they face a mountain of problems: people are leaving their communities, industrial infrastructure is weakening and the population is rapidly aging.
April 02, 2015
Less than a week after German Chancellor Angela Merkel ended her first visit to Japan in seven years, she was flanked by two Chinese heavyweights named Ma on March 15 during an opening ceremony for a trade fair in Hanover, Germany.
April 01, 2015
I recently sent for a book from Japan that a friend recommended, titled "The Day President Obama Lays a Wreath at Hiroshima." It was written six years ago by Fumio Matsuo, a former Washington bureau chief of Kyodo News.
March 30, 2015
FUTABA, Fukushima Prefecture--A daily calendar pad on a living room wall in a private home in this northeastern community still showed the fateful date: “March 11, 2011.”
March 26, 2015
The recent hostage crisis in Syria got me thinking about a number of things. For one, only a few people talked about Haruna Yukawa, one of the two hostages presumably slain by Islamic State militants. Granted, many of his actions were hard to comprehend. Does that mean he was an anomaly and unlike any of us?
March 24, 2015
FUKUSHIMA--Four years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami triggered a triple meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2011.
March 20, 2015
Tokyo Camii, Japan’s largest mosque, located in the capital’s Yoyogi-Uehara district, has been seeing an incessant flow of visitors of late.
March 15, 2015
BEIJING--The National Day celebrations held on Oct. 1, 1984, to mark the 35th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China are remembered by the public in this nation for being particularly unforgettable.
March 12, 2015
FUKUSHIMA--I recently saw “DamNation,” a documentary film that portrays advocates of dam removal who have turned that goal into a reality in the United States.
March 05, 2015
NARITA, Chiba Prefecture--A temple built in the Theravada Buddhism style and painted in lively colors emerges on the far side of vegetable fields and a grove of leafless trees. Cold winter winds howl in this city, commonly known as the site of an air gateway to Tokyo.
February 10, 2015
Those who are insensitive to their own human rights are insensitive to the human rights of others as well, to say nothing of the human rights of foreigners.
February 09, 2015
BEIJING--At a recent exhibition to mark the centennial of the birth of painter Dong Xiwen (1914-1973), the first thing that caught my eye was his work “The Founding Ceremony of China” (Kaiguo Dadian), which is painted in lively colors.
POINT OF VIEW/ Genichiro Takahashi: Daring to be all alone rather than join a hysterical call for ‘freedom of expression’
February 04, 2015
Two Japanese were taken hostage by the extremist Islamic State group. The situation remained uncertain when I was writing this column late on Tuesday (Jan. 27).