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For David Howell's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Winds of change buffet EU

Sep 18, 2016

Winds of change buffet EU

The forces that led the British to vote for Brexit — rejection of too much centralism and a yearning for greater local control — are sweeping the rest of Europe.

Aug 3, 2016

Just how divided is Britain?

Digital empowerment has led to the creation of two powerful but opposing forces: an impulse to be connected across borders and a desire for more local control.

Nov 30, 2010

Aims of Britain and Japan

LONDON — This is a speech delivered by David Howell, minister of state in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to the Japan Society of London on Nov. 18. Before being appointed to his current post, Howell was a regular contributor to The Japan ...

May 12, 2010

Democracy far from perfect

Prime ministers refusing to leave, political parties with a large number of votes being excluded and dubious coalitions being negotiated — which country are we in, the United Kingdom or Iraq? The parallels between current political events in London and Baghdad are truly striking, ...

Apr 28, 2010

U.K. overdoses on change

British politics has been turned upside down by recent events. The traditional two-party battle between Labour and Conservatives has been thrown into confusion by a big surge in support for a third party, the Liberal Democrats. The likely result could be a “hung parliament,” ...

Apr 16, 2010

U.K. searching for the center

When national elections are called, the major political parties — while of course emphasizing their differences through their propaganda — in practice all veer toward the center ground and claim it as their own. We are the ones, each leader proclaims, who can unite ...