U.S. Sen. John McCain during an interview in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
INTERVIEW/ John McCain: Not satisfied with U.S. freedom of navigation operations in South China Sea
U.S. Sen. John McCain, chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, criticized the Obama administration over its freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea.
Lawmaker Taro Yamamoto does the "cow walk" to delay a vote on a censure motion against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Upper House plenary session on Sept. 18. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
POINT OF VIEW/ Taro Yamamoto: ‘Cow walk’ in Diet aimed at demonstrating reality of politics
Clad in a mourning suit and using a gesture of burning incense at a funeral, I “cow walked” (walked at a snail’s pace to the ballot box to delay proceedings) in the Diet all alone. That was on Sept. 19, when the Upper House voted on and approved the new security legislation.
Annick Girardin, left, and Baroness Anelay (Provided by British Embassy)
POINT OF VIEW/ Baroness Anelay and Annick Girardin: To fight climate change, we can do at least this much
Everyone knows that some small island states, such as the Maldives in the Indian Ocean or Tuvalu in the Pacific, face serious risks to their survival if we do not take effective action to address climate change and curb rising sea levels. At a dinner convened jointly between France and Britain in London recently, a group of representatives from such small island states described the severity of the threat they face. They are understandably pushing hard for all nations to do more to cut emissions and help prevent the worst impacts of climate change.
Due to a slowing economy, condominium buildings remain vacant in an industrial district outside Dalian, Liaoning province, in July. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
POINT OF VIEW/ Shinichi Seki: Monetary easing not helping China’s economy
China’s government is adopting a clear stance of vigilance regarding economic deceleration, and it is working out monetary-easing measures.
David Atkinson is interviewed by The Asahi Shimbun. (Ken Aso)
INTERVIEW/ David Atkinson: Inbound tourists, or 'short-term immigrants,' key to Japanese economic growth
A sharp rise in the number of inbound tourists has the same effect as a population increase, and is one of the options to improve economic growth in Japan. That is one proposal made by David Atkinson, 50, a former financial analyst who has lived in Japan for 25 years.
Jinshiro Motoyama (Photo by Wataru Sekita)
POINT OF VIEW/ Jinshiro Motoyama: Protests against security legislation a new form of democracy in action
I am a member of SEALDs, short for “Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy-s,” a movement by those in their teens and early 20s.
Hirokazu Ouchi (Photo by Yuji Moronaga)
POINT OF VIEW/ Hirokazu Ouchi: Specter of 'economic draft' fuels protests to security legislation
Military service in the United States is volunteer-based, but the system is described as an “economic draft” on the basis of the way it is in actuality.
Mark Thompson, president and CEO of The New York Times, talks about the future of journalism in an interview with The Asahi Shimbun. (Takeshi Iwashita)
INTERVIEW/ Mark Thompson: NYT's ties with IT firms will not change journalistic legacy
The New York Times, once known as "The Gray Lady" newspaper of record, has moved swiftly to expand its digital operations in recent years.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks about the maritime Silk Road initiative at a news conference in the Myanmar capital of Naypyidaw in 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
POINT OF VIEW/ Junya Sano: China goes on ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative
Against the backdrop of expectations of surplus inventory clearance and a new engine of growth, the administration of President Xi Jinping is putting all its strength behind the realization of the “One Belt, One Road” initiative.
David Lampton (Photo by Atsushi Okudera)
POINT OF VIEW/ David Lampton: Beijing has done little to make friends in Asia
International attention was focused on whether a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on Sept. 25 could improve relations amid economic and political changes in the world.
William Perry in Hiroshima (Photo by Takashi Okuma)
INTERVIEW/ William Perry: Obama should visit Hiroshima to underscore inhumanity of nuclear weapons
Editor's note: This is part of a series of interviews with U.S. experts on whether the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were justified.
Samuel Walker in Washington (Photo by Masato Tainaka)
INTERVIEW/ Samuel Walker: U.S., Japan must shed myths of atomic bombs
Editor's note: This is part of a series of interviews with U.S. experts on whether the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were justified.
Tsuyoshi Hasegawa in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo by Masato Tainaka)
INTERVIEW/ Tsuyoshi Hasegawa: U.S. should face up to the 'war crime' of dropping A-bombs on Japan
Editor's note: This is part of a series of interviews with U.S. experts on whether the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were justified.
Two state-owned rolling stock manufacturers have merged to create China Railway Rolling Stock Corp. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
POINT OF VIEW/ Yuji Miura: Share price plunge clouds China’s reforms of state-owned enterprises
The situation surrounding state-owned enterprises in China has begun to undergo significant changes, with the start of reforms and other initiatives. However, the rapid fall in share prices has brought reform progress to a halt.
Toshiko Takagi during an interview in Chiba in July (Photo by Ken Aso)
POINT OF VIEW/ Toshiko Takagi: War orphan's memoir for children still spreading messages for peace
During my 30 years of giving lectures throughout Japan, I continually warned, “This country will begin to lend a hand in someone else’s war unless we watch out, so we have to be on the lookout.”
Satoshi Amako, director of the Waseda Institute of Contemporary Chinese Studies (Photo by Shohei Sasagawa)
POINT OF VIEW/ Satoshi Amako: China’s strategic intentions must be carefully evaluated
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is playing up the threat of China as justification for new security legislation in Japan.
Frank Jannuzi, president and CEO of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
INTERVIEW/ Frank Jannuzi: Abe needs actions along with words for a more complete reconciliation
WASHINGTON--A U.S. expert on East Asian affairs said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II met the minimum requirement that was expected by Japan’s neighbors.
Jamie Metzl (Photo by Tadashi Sugiyama)
INTERVIEW/ Jamie Metzl: Japan needs ‘deeper historical accountability’
NEW YORK--A U.S. expert on Asian affairs welcomed the word “apology” being included in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s war anniversary statement but emphasized that apology is not a “‘magic word’ that alone can change everything.”
Toyota Motor Corp.'s research and development center in China's Jiangsu province (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
POINT OF VIEW/ Tetsuo Fujita: Japan’s response to division of labor, technology transfer in Asia
Division of labor is advancing in Asia’s manufacturing industry and further progress of technology transfer is expected.
Jimmy Maymann, CEO of The Huffington Post (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
INTERVIEW/ Jimmy Maymann: Huffington Post aims to be news destination for social media generation
In the United States, digital media have been attracting a rapidly expanding audience in recent years, and have become a serious competition for traditional media, such as newspapers and TV.

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