Opinion / Cai Hong

Japan's development assistance has become a security policy tool

[2017-03-27 07:29]

Japan released its annual report on foreign aid on Tuesday, which shows the country is shifting further away from its traditional official development assistance policy.

School scandal puts nationalist lobby group in the spotlight

[2017-03-20 07:37]

Japan's ruling and opposition parties have decided to summon Yasunori Kagoike, head of the Osaka-based education institution Moritomo Gakuen, to Diet, or Japan's parliament to answer questions on March 23.

Political whirlwind in the ROK shows its ties with Japan are shaky

[2017-03-13 07:19]

The Republic of Korea is set to have a presidential election, likely in early May, thanks to the country's Constitutional Court stripping Park Geun-hye of her presidential powers on Friday.

Abe's dream of change to constitution failing test of public opinion

[2017-03-06 07:47]

Public opinion matters for Abe's dream of changing Japan's Constitution, as any amendments would still have to be approved by a national referendum.

Long working hours to blame for Japan's falling birth rate

[2017-02-28 07:22]

The initiative is supposed to be a stone to kill several birds, and it encourages workers to clock out early at least once a month in the hope of boosting consumption.

Abe in the firing line for his dependency on the US alliance

[2017-02-20 07:49]

A Japanese government official told the Kyodo News on Saturday that the country plans to update its defense program guidelines five years earlier than initially planned. The guidelines are usually revised every 10 years.

China can learn from Japan how to fight pollution

[2017-01-09 07:41]

If China can lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, it surely can find a way to keep its cities' air clean.

Abe's Pearl Harbor gambit is not likely to pay off

[2016-12-26 12:16]

And given Trump's unpredictable foreign policy, it is difficult to say whether Abe's reconciliatory visit to Pearl Harbor will get the desired response from the incoming US administration.

Abe can hardly please both the US and Russia

[2016-12-19 07:34]

Many issues in Japan's foreign policy are legacies of World War II. However, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has seemed determined to try and settle two of them in the last month of this year.

Abe should also seek reconciliation for 'trail of unspeakable cruelty'

[2016-12-12 07:37]

On Dec 26, Shinzo Abe will be the first Japanese prime minister to visit Pearl Harbor, on which Japan launched a sneak attack on Dec 7, 1941, dragging the United States into the war. He will not apologize for the attack during his visit, as it is intended to "console" its victims.

Popular culture can be employed to help forge friendly ties

[2016-12-05 07:45]

It came as no surprise that Your Name, the latest film by Japanese anime director Makoto Shinkai, which started its theatrical run in China on Friday, has been such a hit with Chinese audiences.

US-led missile system a cause of instability in East Asia not a symptom

[2016-11-28 08:33]

Japan likes to talk about the status quo. But the country itself is trying to shift the strategic balance of power in East Asia.

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