January 21, 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.
INTERVIEW/ Hideki Shirakawa: Scientists need freedom of basic research, not just pursuit of efficiency
January 02, 2015
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.
January 01, 2015
The entire world was recently reminded of the preciousness of peace when Malala Yousafzai was named co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
December 26, 2014
FUKUSHIMA--Psychiatrist Yukihiko Kayama said it is becoming more embarrassing, with the passage of time since the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011, for mothers in Fukushima Prefecture to casually discuss their fears of radiation.
December 22, 2014
Adults need to get more involved to prevent vulnerable teenage girls from falling prey to the evils of the thriving “JK” industry, said a social activist with a troubled past.
December 19, 2014
SENDAI--The tsunami generated by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, swept away manuscripts and paintings that served as testaments to the histories of regional communities.
December 15, 2014
A disturbingly low 52.66 percent of eligible voters turned out in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, the worst figure in the postwar period. It means that only about one in two eligible voters bothered to cast a ballot.
INTERVIEW/ William C. Potter: By joining Vienna, U.S. splits nuclear powers on humanitarian impact on nuclear weapons
December 07, 2014
The third international conference on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons will be held in Vienna, starting Dec. 8. The U.S. decision to attend is seen as vital to promoting nuclear disarmament.
December 05, 2014
The Japanese transportation equipment industry’s direct investment in Indonesia rose rapidly in 2011 and has since remained at high levels.
November 08, 2014
Noted U.S. political scientist Francis Fukuyama said he does not expect to see meaningful reforms in the United States in the next six years due to political polarization despite any Republican Party gains in midterm elections.
November 08, 2014
A protracted adjustment is expected in China’s real estate market as authorities continue price control policies to correct real estate bubble in major cities and review capital allocation.
October 30, 2014
The media often portray participants in discriminatory “hate speech” demonstrations as socially maladapted people seeking to vent their pent-up sentiments.
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.