Thai Deputy Prime Minister Pridiyathorn Devakula, right, and Industry Minister Chakramon Phasukvanich call for investments in Thailand in Osaka in February. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
POINT OF VIEW/ Keiichiro Oizumi: Thailand’s new investment strategy aims to upgrade industrial structure
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.
Yoko Morishita performs Princess Aurora in “The Sleeping Beauty,” a production of The Matsuyama Ballet, at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall on May 4. ((c) A.I Co. Photo by Naoto Iijima)
POINT OF VIEW/ Yoko Morishita: Ballerina from Hiroshima performs ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ with sense of mission
I was born in Hiroshima in 1948, and as far back as I can remember, rebuilding of the city was well under way.
Yauemon Sato, second from right, with Aizu Denryoku executives at his brewery in Kitakata, Fukushima Prefecture (Rei Kishitsu)
INTERVIEW/ Yauemon Sato: Fukushima must reclaim energy resources to avoid 'caldrons of hell'
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.”
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress on April 29. (Shinichi Iizuka)
POINT OF VIEW: Abe continues to show different faces to U.S., Asia
The day after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt made his "day of infamy" speech before Congress.
David Shear (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
INTERVIEW/ David Shear: New U.S.-Japan Defense Guidelines transform the alliance into 'seamless and global'
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.
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."

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