Daisuke Yamamoto

For Daisuke Yamamoto's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Solid ASEAN ties key to Abe strategy

Jul 31, 2013

Solid ASEAN ties key to Abe strategy

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visits to Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines last week underscores his government’s eagerness to forge closer ties with the fast-growing Southeast Asia region as part of efforts to revive Japan’s economy. Deepening cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ...

Pitch to G-8 colleagues leaves Abe in a bind

| Jun 20, 2013

Pitch to G-8 colleagues leaves Abe in a bind

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, by pitching his economic policies to his fellow leaders at the Group of Eight summit in Northern Ireland, has put himself in a bind with the need to show a blueprint for achieving both growth and fiscal rehabilitation. The just-completed ...

North Korea agrees to continue talks on abductees

| Nov 18, 2012

North Korea agrees to continue talks on abductees

The first senior-level talks held between Japan and North Korea since August 2008 have resulted in an agreement to continue discussing Pyongyang’s past abductions of Japanese nationals, despite the two sides’ vastly differing agendas. Although a resolution of the decades-old abductee dispute is still ...

Yen's historical rise slows, but relief may not last

| Feb 28, 2012

Yen's historical rise slows, but relief may not last

The yen’s historic surge since last summer has taken a breather, particularly in light of the Bank of Japan’s expansion of monetary easing earlier this month, lessening exporters’ pain and boosting stock prices. But it is unclear how long the trend will continue. Some ...

Jun 16, 2011

Shinkansen quake survivability key selling point

Japan may have found a silver lining in the March earthquake, seeking to sell bullet trains abroad, as the high-speed train system proved resilient against the powerful 9.0-magnitude temblor of March 11. Shinkansen have long been synonymous with safety. But experts and government officials ...