July 26, 2012
China’s real estate market has expanded rapidly, powering the nation’s economic growth, with particularly strong demand in small and medium-sized cities.
July 25, 2012
I used to think that the longstanding slogan "Sino-Japanese friendship" was out-of-date. But looking at the current strained bilateral relationship, I believe this is definitely the time to call for friendship between the two neighbors.
July 23, 2012
As India’s domestic market grows, its imports have increased rapidly.
July 20, 2012
In the "factory of the world" that is China, a Beijing-based nongovernmental organization is trying to clean up the environment by disclosing information on corporations responsible for pollution.
July 19, 2012
In a country long considered lacking a culture of protest, thousands of people are gathering every Friday night in Tokyo's Nagatacho political district to protest nuclear energy and the government’s decision to restart reactors.
July 19, 2012
Given the uncertainty of the situation in Europe, Asian economies need to focus on maintaining the soundness of their banking sector.
July 12, 2012
There is no doubt that the Senkaku Islands are historically and legally Japanese territory. China also did not begin making territorial claims on the islands until 1971.
July 11, 2012
It doesn't really matter who actually has ownership of the Senkaku Islands, be it the central government, a local government or someone in the private sector.
July 06, 2012
A South Korean company's cutting-edge technology was stolen by a Chinese firm. But the story became more complex when an employee of the Korean company arrested on suspicion of passing on the company's secrets extraordinarily revealed that the company "actually stole this technology from a Japanese company."
July 04, 2012
I believe the first catalysts that made me aware about pacifism and the anti-nuclear movement were Nobel Prize-winning writer Kenzaburo Oe's "Hiroshima Notes" and Keiji Nakazawa's manga "Barefoot Gen."
July 01, 2012
It took a bit of tracking down, but I finally found what I was looking for.
June 29, 2012
Japan may be facing the possibility of not being able to reprocess all of the spent nuclear fuel from its nuclear reactors, according to Shunsuke Kondo, chairman of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission.
June 29, 2012
Tomoyuki Taira, a novice lawmaker, was already thinking about leaving the ruling Democratic Party of Japan before Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda announced that two nuclear reactors in Fukui Prefecture would resume operations.
June 27, 2012
In July, Japan will introduce a feed-in-tariff system that requires electric utilities to buy power generated with renewable energy sources at fixed prices. The rollout of the program, designed to promote the use of solar, wind and other renewable power sources, is a significant step toward reducing the nation’s reliance on nuclear power as a policy response to the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
June 23, 2012
There probably isn't anyone still arguing that Japan's finances are sound. Even so, many have voiced their opposition to the Noda administration's move to raise the consumption tax rate to 10 percent. Other than emotional reactions or Finance Ministry conspiracy theories, what is the "core of the opposition"?
June 20, 2012
Nuclear and wind power can be likened to water and oil; they just don’t mix well. So what kind of “soap” can bring the two energy sources together in Fukushima Prefecture, known as a center for both?
June 19, 2012
The Bank of Japan and Fed’s monetary policy frameworks have converged as both central banks have adopted de facto inflation targets and committed to maintaining ultra-low interest rate policies. However, the Fed and BOJ had different motivations in adopting such a framework.
June 17, 2012
The decision by the central government on June 16 to resume operations at the Oi nuclear power plant is yet another attempt to rely on the myth of the safety of nuclear plants.
COMMENTARY/ Takeshi Soga: DPJ’s failure to honor campaign manifestoes gums up a cycle of regime change
June 16, 2012
After three years in power, the Democratic Party of Japan has effectively put an end to its own chapter as the ruling party.
June 15, 2012
I have always felt discomfort about the way decisions are made in Japan based on "the mood" rather than "logic," and without proper discussions regarding principles.