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2017/03/08 | The Japan Times

A ‘New Level’ of North Korean Threat

New measures are required to handle the North Korean nuclear threat.

2016/12/13 | The Japan Times

China Controls Its WTO Destiny

China cannot enjoy the advantages of market economy status while avoiding the costs it entails.

2017/01/25 | The Japan Times

The Worrisome U.S. Trade Policy

Abe told the Diet (Japan's bicameral legislature) on Tuesday that he believes the U.S. president 'recognizes the importance of free and fair trade.' That may turn out to be wishful thinking — as far as Trump’s remarks and behavior suggest.

2016/10/05 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Kashmir Again On The Boil

India needs to maintain its restraint over Kashmir, but the backers of violence there must pay a price for their support of extremism.

2017/02/23 | The Japan Times

Discussions on Japan's Imperial Abdication

The public should have a say in the discussion on Imperial abdication.

2016/10/03 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Serial Poisoning in a Japanese Hospital

Hospitals aren't always the safe places we hope they are.

2016/12/29 | The Japan Times

Beyond Abe’s Pearl Harbor Visit

While the visit to Pearl Harbor marks a 'historic gesture' with the U.S., Japan should realize that reconciliation should not be limited to close allies.

2017/02/03 | The Japan Times

Abe Penalizing the Plotting of Crimes in Japan

The Abe administration is preparing a legislation to penalize 'preparing for terrorism and other acts,' drawing concern for increased surveillance of citizens.

2017/01/10 | The Japan Times

Promoting Local Autonomy in Japan

Transferring administrative power from the central to local governments may not be enough to realize true local autonomy.

2016/10/21 | The Japan Times

Voters Send Anti-Nuclear Message in Japan

Niigata's gubernatorial election result on Sunday shows the public is still wary of restarting idled nuclear power plants.

2016/07/27 | The Japan Times

Searching for Pikachu: The Future of Online Gaming

The most significant thing about the Pokémon Go phenomenon is what it portends for the future of online gaming.

2016/11/15 | The Japan Times

Hong Kong’s Autonomy Eroded

Beijing could take moves to ease its concerns, but it would permanently embitter pro-democracy forces in Hong Kong and confirm to others, especially in Taiwan, that Beijing’s promises are empty.

2017/01/26 | The Japan Times

Get to the Bottom of ‘Amakudari’

The amakudari practice of government bureaucrats landing post-retirement jobs in related industries and organizations breeds collusion that distorts administrative fairness and results in wasteful spending of taxpayer money.

2016/08/15 | The Japan Times

OPINION: A New Era for South Africa?

The African National Congress can no longer claim without challenge the allegiance of South Africa's black voters.

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.

2016/12/31 | The Japan Times

The Year the Establishment Failed

Key events in 2016 were moments of disintegration that exposed a frail and fragile political order.

2016/08/18 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Japan Should Strengthen Ties with Iran

Japan should consider more proactive steps to beef up its relations with Tehran, by building on the bilateral investment treaty signed in February to boost economic ties.