Opinion / Cai Hong

Japan's overtures to Russia to join its fold bound to fail

[2016-09-07 07:48]

Apart from the territorial dispute, Japan hopes to leverage its warmer relations with Russia to counterbalance its icy ties with China and to boost its role as a global player.

Neighbors share willingness to improve their ties

[2016-08-29 07:50]

Efforts in this regard would be timely as China and Japan are set to observe the 45th anniversary of the normalization of their relations next year and the 40th anniversary of the signing of China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship in 2018.

By opposing US nuke policy, Abe shows true colors

[2016-08-22 08:25]

Aug 6 and 9 are days of mourning for Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On Aug 6, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Three days later, it dropped a second one on Nagasaki. Japan surrendered in World War II on Aug 15.

Seeds of success lie in the dreams of youngsters

[2016-08-15 08:10]

Should we take elementary schoolers' dreams seriously? The question came to my mind while I was watching the ongoing Rio Olympic Games on TV. Japanese athletes' success stories may provide food for thought in this respect.

New defense minister will not bring Japan closer to neighbors

[2016-08-08 08:09]

Abe's Cabinet reshuffle was Japan's internal affair. But his pick of Inada as defense minister will make it difficult for Japan's strained relations with its neighbors to move on.

Military cooperation not aid, Abe's tool of choice in SE Asia

[2016-08-01 08:00]

Although the three countries have no territorial claims in the South China Sea, they are intervening in the region in the name of "freedom of navigation" and "the rule of law".

Regional arms race is clear and presents danger

[2016-07-25 07:53]

Describing China as a source of tension, Japan is intent on giving itself further justification to beef up its military.

Japan's economy still moribund despite Abenomics

[2016-07-04 08:18]

Data released in Tokyo last week paint a grim picture of Japan's economy and population.

Upper house victory may embolden Abe to revise Constitution

[2016-07-19 07:46]

Given the split in Japanese society over constitutional revision, Abe may not rush to remove Article 9 but he could amend other areas in the Constitution to set a precedent for future revisionists.

Japan trying old tricks to target China

[2016-07-13 07:59]

On July 1, the first day of Japan's one-month presidency of the 15-member United Nations Security Council, Japanese Ambassador to the UN Koro Bessho voiced "deep concern" about maritime disputes between China and some of its neighbors. He also said the Security Council would take up issues on the request of its members or other UN members. This shows Japan's eagerness to raise the so-called South China Sea issue on the international stage.

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