July 20, 2015
The Islamic State group’s expanding influence, the lack of progress in Middle East peace talks and the increase in ethnic and religious conflicts are just some of the signs of greater confusion in the world today.
July 16, 2015
China is trying to shunt the United States to the side of the strategic equation in East Asia and occupy that space, said a top Singaporean diplomat.
July 14, 2015
With the “China shock” and the won’s appreciation, South Korea’s economic situation continues to be tough. The policies that have been implemented since 2014 have had only a limited effect, and the government policies seem to be somewhat stalemated.
POINT OF VIEW/ Adam P. Liff and Andrew S. Erickson: Japan-China crisis management--the urgent need for Air-Sea Contact Mechanism
July 09, 2015
Since September 2012, two concrete drivers of Sino-Japanese tensions have soared to unprecedented highs: Chinese military and paramilitary activity in the waters and airspace surrounding the Senkaku (Chinese: Diaoyu) Islands, and Japanese fighter jet scrambles against approaching Chinese planes.
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.