Richard Falk during an interview in Tokyo (Photo by Takaharu Yagi)
INTERVIEW/ Richard Falk: New global order needed to pursue human--not national--interests
The Islamic State group’s expanding influence, the lack of progress in Middle East peace talks and the increase in ethnic and religious conflicts are just some of the signs of greater confusion in the world today.
Bilahari Kausikan, ambassador-at-large of Singapore (Photo by Yoichi Kato)
INTERVIEW/ Bilahari Kausikan: China trying to push U.S. aside in East Asia but not displace it
China is trying to shunt the United States to the side of the strategic equation in East Asia and occupy that space, said a top Singaporean diplomat.
A “creative economy” exhibition, held in Seoul in November, attracts information technology and other venture businesses. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
POINT OF VIEW/ Hidehiko Mukoyama: South Korea needs to break economic policy stalemate
With the “China shock” and the won’s appreciation, South Korea’s economic situation continues to be tough. The policies that have been implemented since 2014 have had only a limited effect, and the government policies seem to be somewhat stalemated.
POINT OF VIEW/ Adam P. Liff and Andrew S. Erickson: Japan-China crisis management--the urgent need for Air-Sea Contact Mechanism
Since September 2012, two concrete drivers of Sino-Japanese tensions have soared to unprecedented highs: Chinese military and paramilitary activity in the waters and airspace surrounding the Senkaku (Chinese: Diaoyu) Islands, and Japanese fighter jet scrambles against approaching Chinese planes.
"Gundam Reconguista in G" ((c) SOTSU・SUNRISE・MBS)
Tsunehiro Uno: 'Gundam' gets real by embracing confusion
Director Yoshiyuki Tomino's latest offering in the long-running Gundam robot-anime series is still causing controversy months after ending its run in March.
POINT OF VIEW/ Brad Glosserman and Scott Snyder: How to defeat the 'Korea fatigue'
The Japan-South Korea relationship steadily improved in advance of parallel ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the normalization of their diplomatic relations on June 22. In recent weeks, ministerial-level bilateral contacts resumed between economic and defense ministers, and the top leaders made positive remarks about prospects for the relationship.
Kurt Campbell during an interview in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
INTERVIEW/ Kurt Campbell: China should think carefully about provoking South China Sea tensions
Despite difficult issues facing the United States in East Asia, the former top U.S. diplomat for Asian affairs remains confident that America can, and will, continue to lead in the region.
The Asahi Shimbun
Scholars discuss ‘narrative’ of Abe administration, security legislation
The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in May approved a controversial package of national security legislation bills, which it named “legislation for peace and security.”
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a meeting of Asian and African leaders in Jakarta on April 22 to mark the 60th anniversary of the inaugural Asian-African Conference in Bandung, Indonesia, in 1955. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
POINT OF VIEW/ Tetsuji Okazaki: U.S.-based scholars draft war anniversary statements in Japanese leader’s voice
Professor Takeo Hoshi, a senior fellow with the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, is an old and respected friend of mine.
A Toyota Motor Corp. document calling its general shareholders meeting scheduled for June 16 (The Asahi Shimbun)
POINT OF VIEW/ Sadakazu Osaki: Toyota to issue class shares to gain more long-term individual investors
Toyota Motor Corp., one of Japan’s flagship companies, plans to issue class shares in a novel form after amending its Articles of Incorporation at its general shareholder meeting in June.
Filipino staff work in a restaurant in Singapore in 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
POINT OF VIEW/ Kaori Iwasaki: Singapore reviewing foreign worker policies
Singapore in recent years has become much tougher in allowing foreign workers into the country.
Peter Kuznick (Photo by Masato Tainaka)
INTERVIEW: U.S. history professor highlights 'mythology' of 1945 A-bombs
WASHINGTON--A widely accepted notion in the United States is that the atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to accelerate Japan’s surrender in World War II. The “winning weapons” are believed to have saved hundreds of thousands of American and Japanese lives that would have been lost if the United States had invaded mainland Japan.
Virtual singer Hatsune Miku performs to Isao Tomita’s “Symphony Ihatov” in Beijing on May 20. (Provided by Mulan Promotion Co. (c) Crypton Future Media, Inc.
POINT OF VIEW/ Isao Tomita: Poet guided future composer to see truth in wartime
As many of you are aware, the word “Ihatov” was coined by Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933).
Takehiko Nakao, president of the Asian Development Bank, during an interview in Baku, Azerbaijan (Keiko Yoshioka)
POINT OF VIEW/ Takehiko Nakao: ADB will continue reforms, cooperate with AIIB
Asia is in the process of development and has huge financial needs. Aside from Afghanistan, Asian countries have never failed in repaying loans from the Asian Development Bank.
Abdul Samad Minty (Photo by Ryuichi Kanari)
INTERVIEW/ Nuclear powers should fulfill 'unequivocal undertaking,' says South African ambassador
NEW YORK--Abdul Samad Minty, a South African ambassador to Geneva, delivered a passionate 27-minute speech despite being allotted only three minutes at the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).
The image of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looms large on a screen in Osaka on May 14 as he discusses Cabinet approval of national security legislation. (The Asahi Shimbun)
POINT OF VIEW/ Shigenori Kanehira: News media should not be ‘lapdogs’ of politicians
I remember a news conference that former Prime Minister Eisaku Sato called in 1972 to announce his resignation, a landmark event in the history of journalism.
Thai Deputy Prime Minister Pridiyathorn Devakula, right, and Industry Minister Chakramon Phasukvanich call for investments in Thailand in Osaka in February. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
POINT OF VIEW/ Keiichiro Oizumi: Thailand’s new investment strategy aims to upgrade industrial structure
The Thai government began implementing its Seven-Year Investment Promotion Strategy (2015-2021) in January. Its aims are to enhance the country’s industrial structure and the correction of regional income disparities, and the occasion provides Japanese businesses with an opportunity to review their production systems in Thailand.
Yoko Morishita performs Princess Aurora in “The Sleeping Beauty,” a production of The Matsuyama Ballet, at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall on May 4. ((c) A.I Co. Photo by Naoto Iijima)
POINT OF VIEW/ Yoko Morishita: Ballerina from Hiroshima performs ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ with sense of mission
I was born in Hiroshima in 1948, and as far back as I can remember, rebuilding of the city was well under way.
Yauemon Sato, second from right, with Aizu Denryoku executives at his brewery in Kitakata, Fukushima Prefecture (Rei Kishitsu)
INTERVIEW/ Yauemon Sato: Fukushima must reclaim energy resources to avoid 'caldrons of hell'
KITAKATA, Fukushima Prefecture--Yauemon Sato, the ninth-generation chief of a sake brewery operating here since 1790, likens the crippled reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to “caldrons of hell.”
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress on April 29. (Shinichi Iizuka)
POINT OF VIEW: Abe continues to show different faces to U.S., Asia
The day after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt made his "day of infamy" speech before Congress.

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