Opinion / Cai Hong

Abe aims to unchain Japan from the postwar regime

[2017-05-08 07:38]

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has waited for the right time to show his hand. And the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, by test-firing missiles and threatening to conduct another nuclear test, has given Abe the ruse.

What can stop Japan from continuing to deny the truth

[2017-04-24 07:18]

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration apologized in 2015 for the women and girls called "comfort women" who were forced into sexual slavery by Japanese army before and during the World War II. It offered to help the Republic of Korea set up a fund for the surviving victims. At the same time, it has kept clearing the wartime Japanese authorities of responsibilities for those women's ordeal.

Worrying revival of imperial rescript as educational tool

[2017-04-10 07:31]

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Defense Minister Tomomi Inada have praised the spirit of the rescript saying it can help to foster the right moral principles.

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.

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