Anthony Faiola

For Anthony Faiola's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

In Britain, era of 'green Tory' withers

Nov 5, 2013

In Britain, era of 'green Tory' withers

Prime Minister David Cameron once dog-sledded across a shrinking Norwegian glacier to showcase his concern for global warming. Now, environmentalists say, his pledge to lead a new era of the “green Conservative” is in danger of melting away. Cameron’s troubled road on the environment ...

Competition shakes up Italian rail

Oct 29, 2013

Competition shakes up Italian rail

In the land where train schedules were once rough estimates and riding a chugging “locale” could feel like traveling by mechanical bull, the hypermodern Italo locomotives aimed to shake up the state-controlled world of Italian rail. Offering sumptuous leather seats, top-shelf Prosecco wine and ...

U.K. political pledges reveal divide

| Oct 8, 2013

U.K. political pledges reveal divide

After a year that saw him lead the charge for gay marriage in Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron seemed to go back to his roots this week. Serving up red meat to his base at the Conservative Party’s annual conference, Cameron repeatedly blasted the ...

Computer pioneer getting a reboot

Sep 22, 2013

Computer pioneer getting a reboot

A founding father of the modern computer, Alan Turing devised a machine that unraveled Nazi codes and aided the defeat of Adolf Hitler. Convicted of homosexuality after World War II and sentenced to chemical castration, Turing — an avid fan of the film “Snow ...

For world, U.S. gun violence is new norm

| Sep 18, 2013

For world, U.S. gun violence is new norm

Jimmy Davis, a 41-year-old London disc jockey, was saddened when he heard about the latest mass shooting in the United States. But like much of the world after the attack Monday at Washington’s Navy Yard, he was no longer shocked. The United States is ...

Sicily's openly gay governor risks life in anti-Mafia drive

Aug 4, 2013

Sicily's openly gay governor risks life in anti-Mafia drive

Of the previous two men to sit in Sicily’s palatial governor’s office, one is up on criminal charges and the other is doing hard time. Their successor, Rosario Crocetta, is the unlikeliest politician ever to govern Cosa Nostra country. Back when he was mayor ...

Imminent birth puts spotlight on monarch

Jul 14, 2013

Imminent birth puts spotlight on monarch

Aging monarchs in the Netherlands and Belgium stepped down this year to make room for the next generation of Europe’s crowned heads. But in Britain, the impending birth of a royal baby will have heirs stacking up like planes at London’s super-clogged Heathrow Airport. ...

Media barge into royal baby's life before it's born

Jul 13, 2013

Media barge into royal baby's life before it's born

Outside the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, the global media hordes on Royal Baby Watch have marked their turf with duct tape and stepladders like so many predators. But starved for material in a world where Mother Nature and Buckingham Palace are ...