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2017/02/21 | The Japan Times

A Murder in Kuala Lumpur

Kim Jong Nam’s murder is a reminder that the North Korean government at its essence is — literally — a murderous regime and must be treated as such.

2017/04/14 | The Japan Times

Aung San Suu Kyi Marks Her First Year in Power

Aung San Suu Kyi's first year has not been easy as she continues to face a range of difficulties and admits that reforms have been slower than expected.

2016/12/16 | The Japan Times

The U.S. Air Base Noise Pollution Problem in Japan

The government should open talks with the United States to fully explain the plight of residents around U.S. military installations and prod it to take concrete and effective measures to reduce their hardship.

2017/01/13 | The Japan Times

Keep Japan-Korea Comfort Women Deal Alive

The Abe administration needs to keep in mind that, given the paralysis of the Park administration, its diplomatic measures over the dispute could inflame South Korean public opinion.

2017/02/08 | The Japan Times

US Defense Secretary’s Reassurance on Northeast Asia

U.S. President Trump may introduce uncertainty with unexpected commentary on foreign policy, but subsequent reaffirmations from defense secretary or the secretary of state are the statements that guide foreign and security policy.

2017/02/02 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Chinese Leaders Need to Pursue Reform

Xi Jinping needs to pursue domestic political and economic reforms, and refrain from seeking international hegemony to turn China into a major power welcomed in the international community.

2016/09/29 | The Japan Times

OPINION: U.S. Presidential Debate Unnerving for Asia

For non-American viewers, the first U.S. presidential debate provided ample cause for alarm.

2016/12/22 | The Japan Times

Dispute Simmers on for New U.S. Military Facility in Japan

The U.S. and Japan governments have failed to persuade citizens of the relocation of a new U.S. military base to Henoko, Okinawa.

2016/10/31 | The Japan Times

Japan Still Grappling with Tsunami Deaths Lawsuit

The case shouldn't be closed on the tsunami disaster at Okawa Elementary School until all testimony is heard and all evidence weighed.

2017/01/11 | The Japan Times

Japan's Energy Policy Needs Overhaul

The government’s long-standing claim to the cost advantage of nuclear power over other energy sources must be reassessed and the energy policy should be reviewed.

2016/11/17 | The Japan Times

A Questionable Nuclear Deal Between Japan and India

Doubts persist though the accord says the cooperation will be restricted to peaceful purposes.

2017/07/13 | The Japan Times

A Dangerous Peek Behind the Technology Curtain

Concern over information security has motivated a growing number of governments to demand access to software source code as a condition for doing business in their country.

2017/03/01 | The Japan Times

The Long Reach of Japan's ‘Conspiracy Crime’ Bill

The new legislation seeks to punish people for 'plotting and planning' criminal activities.

2017/01/24 | The Japan Times

Japan Needs to Provide Relief for Minamata Victims

The government has not responded to requests from Minamata disease victims, doctors and experts on pollution that it carry out comprehensive medical examinations to grasp the overall picture of damage from the disease.

2016/10/25 | The Japan Times

Heading for All-Out War in Yemen

Reinvigorated diplomacy that will culminate in a power-sharing agreement is needed to halt Yemen's slide to civil war and avert a humanitarian catastrophe.

2016/08/29 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Northeast Asia Tensions Rise amid Diplomatic Vacuum

Japan, China and South Korea need to realize that tensions over their differences rise in the absence of top-level diplomatic contacts.

2016/09/02 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Behind the Rising Tide of North Korean Defections

A recent spate of defections suggests that some North Korean elites are losing faith in the country's future under Kim Jong Un.

2017/01/20 | The Japan Times

Japan Should Move Slow on Juvenile Law Reform

A hasty conclusion should be avoided due to mixed opinions among experts on the question and views split between the partners in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition.