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Opening Salvo in Global War on Terror
March 24, 2010
TOKYO - Kazumasu Takahashi, an assistant station master on the Chiyoda subway line in central Tokyo, was on duty when the 8:10 train pulled in on that Monday morning in...
Japan's Troubles with Fish
March 22, 2010
TOKYO - In recent weeks it often looked as if the entire marine world, or at least their self-appointed guardians, was ganging up on Japan. The country is under fire for...
Tokyo's Long-Held Secrets Coming Out
March 12, 2010
TOKYO - Details of secret agreements between Japan and the U.S. concerning deployment of nuclear weapons in Japanese territorial waters or over its air space have been...
Japan's Policy Takes Back Seat to Scandal
January 31, 2010
TOKYO -- The Japanese parliament, known as the Diet, convened last week the first session with the new government in charge and the once formidable Liberal Democratic...
Japan's Election Puts World at Risk?
January 19, 2010
TOKYO - The latest risk assessment from the Eurasia Group, a prominent international risk assessment consultancy, places Japan under its new government as No. 5 on its...
China's Rise Marks Asia's Eventful Decade
January 1, 2010
TOKYO - The incontestable Asian story of the decade is the rise of China to virtual global parity with the United States. Both in economic terms and increasingly in...
Japan Obstructs Nuclear Disarmament
December 8, 2009
TOKYO - To listen to disarmament specialists, the country that is raising the most serious obstacles to new moves to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in defense...
Obama Sidesteps Touchy Okinawa Base Issue
November 15, 2009
TOKYO - It might come under the category of something that couldn't have happened at a worse time. Less than one week before President Barack Obama arrived in Japan for...
U.S. Base Relocation Tests Hatoyama
October 27, 2009
TOKYO -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates last week staked out a hard line position over the relocation of the Futenma Marine Air Station in Okinawa to another...
How Much Change from Japan's New Government?
October 23, 2009
The new Japanese government, headed by Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama was one month old on Friday Oct. 16. His Democratic party of Japan (DPJ) swept into power on a...
Japan Is a Friend, Not an Ally
September 9, 2009
TOKYO - There has been considerable handwringing in the Western press, especially among Americans, over the future of the U.S.-Japan military alliance under the new...
Can Japan's LDP Survive Landslide Loss?
September 3, 2009
TOKYO -- Spare a moment to reflect on the fate of Japan’s venerable Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) as it surveys the wreckage from Sunday’s electoral tsunami...
Why Japan's General Election Is Historic
August 25, 2009
TOKYO -Japan's August 30 general election has been described a hundred times as being "historic". But while this has become a cliché, there is no other way to...
Asia's Greatest Democrat
August 20, 2009
TOKYO - Former U.S. President Richard Nixon, facing the possibility of prison after the Watergate scandal, mused that at least he would be in good company. Many of the...
Bill Clinton: Super Agent
August 15, 2009
TOKYO - One should not discount the intelligence value of former president Bill Clinton's recent visit to North Korea to help secure the release of two American...
Japan's Schizophrenia Toward Nuclear Weapons
August 11, 2009
TOKYO - The hot, muggy days of early August are a time when Japanese turn their thoughts to mushroom clouds. The dates August 6, and August 9 denote the atomic bombings...
Koizumi's Feisty Daughters Fight On
July 29, 2009
TOKYO - Four years ago they were called "assassins", but now they are known as "Koizumi's daughters". They are three women elected to Japan's Diet (parliament) on the...
The Real Race Begins in Japan
July 11, 2009
It is 6 a.m. in front of the railroad station in Musashi-Sakai, a western suburb of Tokyo, and Reiko Matsushita is already up and campaigning. She stands in front of the...
Thailand Abuses Lese Majeste
July 8, 2009
TOKYO - When I worked for Asiaweek Magazine in Hong Kong back in the 1990s, we published a feature called the “50 Most Powerful People in Asia”. In the first...
North Korea Just Wants the 'Damn Bomb'
June 30, 2009
TOKYO - In the movie Fat Man and Little Boy about the building of the atomic bomb, the late Paul Newman, playing Gen. Leslie Groves, administrator, of the Manhattan...
North Korea Will Fight over Ships
June 20, 2009
YOKOHAMA - Anyone who thinks that the North Koreans will sit back passively and allow their ships at sea to be stopped and searched for nuclear weapons or missile...
Who Needs a Peace Treaty?
June 16, 2009
On June 2, one day after General Motors went bankrupt, Japan’s Nissan Motor Corp. unveiled its new $200 million automobile assembly plant in St Petersburg with...
What to Do About South Asia's Osama?
June 10, 2009
TOKYO – If there is any prisoner at Guantanamo Bay who fits President Barack Obama’s definition of a detainee who cannot be effectively prosecuted but who is too...
The Hidden Truth About Tiananmen
June 3, 2009
The 1950 Japanese film Rashomon owes its enduring appeal to director Akira Kurosawa’s superb treatment of an ancient and universal theme: What is the truth? A samurai...
America's North Korean Military Options
May 29, 2009
It's often said in response to North Korea’s provocations, including its most recent testing of an atomic bomb, that the U.S. has no realistic military options. It is...
Ozawa Quits, What Next for Japan?
May 12, 2009
Ichiro Ozawa, who announced his resignation as leader of Japan’s main opposition, the Democratic Party of Japan (DJP), was always a strange figure to be an agent of...
Will Japan's Voters Dump Aso?
May 5, 2009
TOKYO -- If Japanese could choose for their next prime minister anyone in the world, they would undoubtedly pick US President Barack Obama or possibly Britain’s young...
The Siege of Zhongnanhai
April 28, 2009
Ten years ago ten thousand demonstrators converged on the walled compound in Beijing where China’s leaders live and work. They carried no signs or banners, and chanted...
Thailand: Spanish Civil War Redux?
April 15, 2009
Bangkok circa 2009 is looking more and more like Madrid circa 1936. That was the year that the bloody Spanish Civil War began, which lasted until 1939 and killed...
The Missile Fizzles of April
April 7, 2009
Japanese government officials must have privately breathed a sigh of relief that North Korea’s rocket launch this past weekend did not require any defensive action by...
Atomic Agency Candidates, a Study in Contrasts
March 25, 2009
TOKYO - During most of his twelve years in office, Mohamed ElBaradei, Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was a thorn in the side of President...
Japan's Obsession with Abduction
March 14, 2009
TOKYO - It has been more than 30 years since Megumi Yokota, a 13-year-old junior high school girl, was snatched by North Korean agents as she was walking home from...
Hillary Makes Her Rounds in Japan
February 18, 2009
The Japanese – well, the political elite and pundit class, anyway – breathed a collective sigh of relief when Hillary Clinton disembarked at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport...
Can Aso Rescue Beleaguered LDP?
February 13, 2009
TOKYO - Conventional wisdom, supported by terrifying opinion polls, says that Prime Minister Taro Aso and his beleaguered party are toast. When eventually Japan gets to...
'Toyota Shock' May Sink Aso, LDP
January 10, 2009
TOKYO - Prime Minister Taro Aso postponed the general election that was widely assumed to follow soon after his election last September in order to concentrate on the...
The Year That Was in Asia
December 31, 2008
The biggest story in Asia in 2008 was the biggest story in the world, namely the global economic collapse. The accumulating evidence was too voluminous to summarize in a...
Taiwan and Georgia
August 18, 2008
It is fascinating, and instructive, to compare the U.S. actions, responses and machinations in Georgia with Taiwan. Both are relatively small countries, American...
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