April 05, 2012
More than a year has passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake struck northeastern Japan and mercilessly deprived many thousands of people of their lives.
POINT OF VIEW / Yoshibumi Wakamiya: Ex-prime ministers’ apologies set tone for new efforts to resolve 'comfort women' issue
March 31, 2012
There was a strong sense of urgency as world leaders gathered in Seoul on March 26 and 27 for a nuclear security summit.
March 29, 2012
DAVOS, Switzerland--Political and business leaders and celebrities from across the world gather together in Davos, eastern Switzerland, in January every year.
March 23, 2012
Figuratively speaking, I think we have all become too nearsighted for our own good. We need to become more farsighted if we are to see and understand things better.
March 22, 2012
For news reporters in Beijing, March is synonymous with "liang hui" (the two meetings), which refers to sessions of the National People's Congress (NPC) and the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
March 21, 2012
"I wish there was no ceremony here," someone told me in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, where I went on March 11 to cover an event marking a year since the Great East Japan Earthquake. "It means after tomorrow, people will forget this place."
March 20, 2012
Sendai, Ishinomaki, Fukushima, Minami-Soma, Iitate; places I would not have been able to place on a map before last year, but which now echo with a peculiar resonance. Ever since March 11 last year, they have been weighed down by connotations of death, destruction and radiation--an unfortunate image that will be hard to shake.
March 19, 2012
While I was following around Taro Yamamoto, an actor now famous for his anti-nuclear crusade, late last year, I unexpectedly ran into an old friend of mine at a public debate.
March 15, 2012
River water was contaminated with cadmium, and the locals are competing to buy up drinking water in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southern China--reports to that effect ran across China in late January.
March 08, 2012
QINGDAO, China--It was early in the morning in late December, and I was standing at Qingdao Port in Shandong province, shivering in the cold sea wind.
March 01, 2012
The Docklands, a district facing the Thames in eastern London, used to be one of the world's largest trade centers.
February 23, 2012
YANGON--Seeing perhaps the world's two most recognizable and influential women meet and talk on a world stage was an unforgettable event, even for a Washington correspondent.
February 16, 2012
In December, I traveled to Wukan, a village in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, where the inhabitants were taking a stand against the corrupt senior officials of the local chapter of the Communist Party.
February 11, 2012
Noranora, a farming magazine for children, proudly proclaims on the cover of its inaugural issue: "The birth of a farming magazine for kids!" "Nora-boys and nora-girls (boy farmers and girl farmers) are breeding fast now!" "Grandma's field commandeered by little guerrilla farmer."
POINT OF VIEW / Yoshibumi Wakamiya: Lack of thought in picking defense minister coming back to haunt Japan
February 10, 2012
I could not believe what I was hearing when I observed the Feb. 2 Lower House Budget Committee session.
February 09, 2012
Three hours after the shocking announcement of the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il at noon on Dec. 19, I found myself aboard a plane to South Korea.
February 03, 2012
A bitterly cold wind blows in from the riverbank, stinging my cheeks.
February 02, 2012
A month after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States that cast a dark shadow over the opening of a new millennium, U.S. and British troops began raiding Afghanistan from the air.
POINT OF VIEW / Yoshibumi Wakamiya: We need to take fiscal responsibility to prevent 'Japan’s suicide'
January 31, 2012
So many Japanese, probably an unprecedented number of them, started this year by praying for the repose of dead people’s souls and for the happiness and well-being of their families and society.
January 26, 2012
Hu Wancheng, a college student, confronted his high school friend Wang, when he saw his posting on an Internet bulletin board saying "You got what you deserve!" in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake.