June 29, 2015
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.
June 25, 2015
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.
June 20, 2015
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.
June 20, 2015
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.”
POINT OF VIEW/ Tetsuji Okazaki: U.S.-based scholars draft war anniversary statements in Japanese leader’s voice
June 14, 2015
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.
POINT OF VIEW/ Sadakazu Osaki: Toyota to issue class shares to gain more long-term individual investors
June 12, 2015
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.
June 10, 2015
Singapore in recent years has become much tougher in allowing foreign workers into the country.
June 02, 2015
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.
June 01, 2015
As many of you are aware, the word “Ihatov” was coined by Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933).
May 31, 2015
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.
May 25, 2015
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).
May 24, 2015
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.
POINT OF VIEW/ Keiichiro Oizumi: Thailand’s new investment strategy aims to upgrade industrial structure
May 13, 2015
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.
POINT OF VIEW/ Yoko Morishita: Ballerina from Hiroshima performs ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ with sense of mission
May 12, 2015
I was born in Hiroshima in 1948, and as far back as I can remember, rebuilding of the city was well under way.
May 01, 2015
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.”
April 30, 2015
The day after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt made his "day of infamy" speech before Congress.
INTERVIEW/ David Shear: New U.S.-Japan Defense Guidelines transform the alliance into 'seamless and global'
April 29, 2015
The U.S.-Japan alliance will be seamless and effective with the newly revised Guidelines for Defense Cooperation between the two countries, said the top U.S. defense department official in charge of the Asia-Pacific region.
April 26, 2015
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.
INTERVIEW/ Au Loongyu: Networking of Chinese laborers bound to change China's 'bureaucratic capitalism'
April 22, 2015
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.
April 14, 2015
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.