Adam Posen, president at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
INTERVIEW/ Adam Posen: TPP unquestionably in Japan's interest
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to become the first Japanese leader to deliver an address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress.
Au Loongyu (Photo by Takio Murakami)
INTERVIEW/ Au Loongyu: Networking of Chinese laborers bound to change China's 'bureaucratic capitalism'
While Chinese President Xi Jinping forges ahead with a massive crackdown on corruption, questions have arisen as to why he had to do so in the first place.
German President Joachim Gauck, right, and his French counterpart, Francois Hollande, attend a ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I in France in August 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
POINT OF VIEW: Despite frustrations, Japan must make effort to end negative spiral
For 70 years, Japan and Germany have taken different paths in dealing with the negative legacies they shouldered after their defeat in World War II.
Terje Haakonsen sets a world record in high jump with 9.8 meters at the Arctic Challenge snowboarding competition in Oslo in 2007. (AP Photo)
INTERVIEW/ Terje Haakonsen: Greed pushes Olympics, snowboarding on downhill course
OSLO--He is known as a “living legend” in snowboarding, once a perennial favorite for gold medals. But Terje Haakonsen famously boycotted the 1998 Nagano Games, and other top snowboarders followed suit. Recently, he was involved in a campaign demanding that Oslo in his home country of Norway withdraw its candidacy to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Nissan Motor Co.'s plant in Dalian, China, produces sport utility vehicles popular in the country. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
POINT OF VIEW/ Shinichi Seki: China’s consumers want better cars
China’s consumer sentiment is shifting from cheap cars to vehicles that are more functional, stylish and comfortable. As a growing number of consumers have come to appreciate the value of Japanese cars, Japanese auto manufacturers need to place more importance on the Chinese market.
Fred Bergsten (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
INTERVIEW/ Fred Bergsten: U.S., Japan made big mistakes in opposing AIIB
China has been working hard to create a new financial institution, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), and major U.S. allies, including the U.K. and Germany, announced their intent to join.
A monument bearing lines from Kenji Miyazawa's poem "Ame ni mo Makezu" (Unbeaten by rain) stands damaged at Okawa Elementary School in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 29, 2011, two weeks after the Great East Japan Earthquake. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
POINT OF VIEW/ Jun'ichi Isomae: Time to form solidarity to link memories of disasters
The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, which triggered the Fukushima nuclear disaster, was immediately followed by a legion of photo books, collections of testimonies, journalistic reports and books addressing the nuclear power issue.
Mayor Yuko Endo listens to proposals for post-quake reconstruction from elementary school pupils in Kawauchi, Fukushima Prefecture, in November. (Susumu Okamoto)
POINT OF VIEW/ Yuko Endo: 4 years from nuclear disaster, Fukushima needs to reverse depopulation
The village of Kawauchi, where I serve as mayor, is located 20 to 30 kilometers southwest of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
Takeshi Shimamura (Provided by Nomura Research Institute)
POINT OF VIEW/ Takeshi Shimamura: U.S. tax rules, funding costs could curb global M&A uptrend
Driven by large deals, global transaction volume of mergers and acquisitions in 2014 grew to a post-2007 high in terms of value.
Park Yu-ha during an interview in Tokyo (Eiji Hori)
INTERVIEW/ Park Yu-ha: Untangling the emotional friction over 'comfort women'
“Teikoku no Ianfu” (Comfort women of the empire) is an ambitious piece of work that has received praise by some but also been so reviled by others that the author faces legal action in South Korea.
Skyscrapers rise over slums along the railway tracks in Jakarta. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
POINT OF VIEW/ Shotaro Kumagai: Asian economies benefit from falling crude oil prices
The sudden drop in crude oil prices from early autumn 2014 has had a beneficial effect overall on Asian economies, particularly those that depend heavily on crude oil imports, such as Thailand, Singapore and South Korea.
Toshikuni Doi (Photo by Emiko Inagaki)
POINT OF VIEW/ Toshikuni Doi: Media focus on Japanese hostages hides real story in conflict zones
I have been covering the Palestine-Israel conflict in the Middle East for nearly 30 years.
Muneo Kanno in Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture (Photo by Yukiko Seino)
POINT OF VIEW/ Muneo Kanno: Farmers, volunteers unite to bring Fukushima's fertile land back to life
IITATE, Fukushima Prefecture--I helped organize the Fukushima Saisei no Kai (Resurrection of Fukushima) nonprofit organization three months after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami and have been engaged independently in radioactive cleanup work and radiation level measurements.
Yuichiro Miura during an interview in Tokyo (Photo by Makoto Kaku)
POINT OF VIEW/ Yuichiro Miura: Father who at 99 skied down Mont Blanc glacier remains role model
Yuichiro Miura, a professional skier and mountaineer, became the oldest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest at age 80 in 2013.
Peter Maurer during a recent visit to Hiroshima (Yoshihisa Aoyama)
ICRC president seeks elimination of nuclear weapons from a humanitarian standpoint
Peter Maurer, International Committee of the Red Cross president, believes it is important to focus on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and "the necessity to move forward on nuclear disarmament."
Goro Miyazaki (Photo by Wataru Sekita)
INTERVIEW/ Goro Miyazaki: Anime director pursues something his ‘genius’ father doesn’t have
Goro Miyazaki, who became a director of animated films after working as a landscape architect, admits he will probably never be able to overtake his father, a world-renowned film director.
Amid heavy smog, large-scale construction work is under way in central Beijing. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
POINT OF VIEW/ Junya Sano: China accepts growth deceleration to a certain degree
The Central Economic Work Conference, convened annually by the State Council (Chinese central government) and the Communist Party to determine the economic management policies and growth targets for the next year, was held in Beijing for three days from Dec. 9.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, speaks at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting outside Beijing in November. (Pool)
POINT OF VIEW/ Junya Sano: Asia’s economies to continue gentle recovery in 2015
Asia’s economies are expected to continue to recover through 2015. But growth rates overall will likely match or be only slightly higher than those in 2014 because external demand will lack driving strength, and there is little prospect that growth will be bolstered by fiscal or monetary policy.
Hideki Shirakawa oversees children during a lab class at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo. (Eiji Hori)
INTERVIEW/ Hideki Shirakawa: Scientists need freedom of basic research, not just pursuit of efficiency
The number of Nobel Prize winners from Japan topped 20 on Dec. 10, with this year’s physics prize awarded to a trio of Japan-born scientists for their studies on blue light-emitting diodes.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan holds up her medal during the award ceremony in Oslo on Dec. 10. (AP Photo)
POINT OF VIEW/ Akira Iriye: Japan needs to contribute to 'peace for all time'
The entire world was recently reminded of the preciousness of peace when Malala Yousafzai was named co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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