POINT OF VIEW/ Mikiko Abe: With nuclear plant idled, townsfolk in better position to chart future course
October 18, 2014
ONAGAWA, Miyagi Prefecture--As an opponent of atomic energy, I have watched this town for more than four decades--from before Tohoku Electric Power Co. began constructing the Onagawa nuclear power plant here.
POINT OF VIEW/ Akira Kugiko: Public indifference to disaster preparedness worsened 2011 tsunami toll
October 15, 2014
RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture--I began relating accounts of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami one year after the disaster, and I started my own storytelling business in spring last year under the name “Kugiko-ya.”
October 15, 2014
China’s housing prices continue to plummet. To what extent can the reforms presented at the Third Plenum be realized without causing the economy to stall? The economic policies of the latter half of the year will surely test the mettle of the Xi Jinping-Li Keqiang administration.
October 04, 2014
Japan’s neighbors reacted surprisingly hysterically to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent move to loosen restrictions on the Self-Defense Forces so that they could engage in collective self-defense.
October 03, 2014
KAMAISHI, Iwate Prefecture--I don’t think rebuilding from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of 2011 can be easily accomplished in a decade.
October 02, 2014
The increasing rotational presence of the U.S. forces in Southeast Asia and Australia is not a substitute for a permanent presence but a critical building block of the U.S. rebalance to Asia, said a senior U.S. Defense Department official.
September 15, 2014
HONG KONG--Beijing is intensifying efforts to regain its “turf” on the Internet, the main battlefield over free speech between authorities and citizens in China, according to a popular writer and influential blogger.
September 14, 2014
In China, online peer-to-peer (P2P) lending has been growing rapidly since around 2010. If the country’s P2P lending industry can successfully control risk while capitalizing on innovation, it should help alleviate chronic funding difficulties of small and midsize enterprises.
September 11, 2014
The security of Northeast Asia is threatened by North Korea’s apparent intention to continue developing, test and deploy nuclear weapons and their delivery systems and by its assertion that it is a nuclear weapon state.
September 08, 2014
BEIJING--Confrontation between Japan and China over the perception of their shared history continues to only deepen nearly 70 years after the end of World War II.
September 06, 2014
Since 2000, there has been a fivefold expansion of the volume of capital flows into emerging economies, including those in Asia.
August 30, 2014
With the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki next year, there still is a long way to go to achieve a "world without nuclear weapons," which U.S. President Barack Obama called for in his historic address in Prague in 2009.
August 22, 2014
They don’t know war, and they don’t know the fear of losing their lives, and yet they are intrepid. I am describing the “militarist boys without knowledge of war,” who are rife in Japan these days.
August 14, 2014
The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on July 1 decided to reinterpret Japan’s pacifist Constitution to lift the country’s self-imposed ban on the right to exercise collective self-defense.
August 12, 2014
A more confident and assertive China, belying its "peaceful rise" rhetoric of the past, seems increasingly less interested in pursuing constructive relations with its neighbors, said one of the premier American experts on China.
August 09, 2014
BEIJING--While China playing hardball over the South China Sea and other issues is fueling tension with the United States and with neighboring nations, criticism still remains loud within the country that Beijing’s diplomatic approach is “weak-kneed.”
August 07, 2014
When I observed the recent discussions over approving the exercise of the right to collective self-defense, I felt that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's view of "national power" based on military strength was outdated.
August 04, 2014
In China, signs are that the three main income gaps--between coastal and inland areas, urban and rural communities, and among cities--are shrinking.
August 01, 2014
After seeing the rebuilding efforts for the devastation wrought by the triple disaster in March 2011, anthropologist Norio Akasaka said he wondered if the Tohoku region would remain a “colony of Tokyo.”
July 30, 2014
A noted American national security expert welcomed China's first participation in an ongoing U.S.-led maritime exercise around Hawaii, saying the Chinese can see the United States and many of its allies in action up close and realize the disparity with its own forces.