George Sioris

For George Sioris's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Nov 20, 2005

Seniors, universities can help each other

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — Last week a conference was held in Kyushu under the auspices of the pioneer Ritsumeikan Asia-Pacific University, whose student body and faculty are divided between Japanese and foreigners of many nationalities. The conference was original in that it also involved ...

Jun 9, 2005

Hardest steps to harmony

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — The recent turmoil in Sino-Japanese relations has caused anxiety in Thailand. People here would clearly prefer a calmer atmosphere between the two giant powers of East Asia, as their future is linked to both and they stand to lose if ...

Apr 24, 2005

Getting Yangon to show a little respect

CHANG MAI, Thailand — There has been a lot of discussion recently about Myanmar’s assumption of the presidency of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations next year. It is obvious that most members wish to prevent this anomaly from happening. Let’s reflect on ...

Apr 8, 2005

Drive toward reconciliation

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — It seems rather awkward for outsiders to comment at this time on the tragic developments in the “deep South” of Thailand. Yet even Thai public opinion at large does not appear sufficiently informed of the extent of the events occurring ...

Mar 19, 2005

Curing the plague of piracy

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — For years now piracy in the Malacca Strait has been one of the top problems facing the Asian region. A recent Japan Times editorial very succinctly dealt with the potential dangers that it presents, especially with regard to Japan. My ...

Jan 24, 2005

Lineage of the Asian community concept

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — Last fall the embryonic concept of an Asian community appeared to gain some momentum. Now, of course, other topics, mainly the tragedy of the Dec. 26 tsunamis, have monopolized public attention, but the vision of a broader Asian community deserves ...

Nov 22, 2004

Wanted: a more realistic Myanmar policy

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — It is now more than obvious that developments in Myanmar have taken a sad turn. The harden- ing of the junta’s position does not augur well for future United Nations involvement. The generals in Yangon will not roll out the ...

Oct 24, 2004

Credit some viewers for trying to think

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — As one of the millions of television viewers glued to his screen trying to keep pace with the overwhelming flow of international news, I often find myself pondering the pluses and minuses of present-day advances in computers, electronics and information ...

Jul 12, 2004

Moderate Islam's voice must be heard

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — The fact that every day a new “armchair” terrorism expert appears can be viewed as a welcome sign, for it shows that there is growing alertness to the new challenge of our times. Terrorism experts continue to argue over the ...

May 18, 2004

Myanmar's thorn in the ASEM process

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — Once again, the experiment known as the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) enters the limelight for the wrong reasons. With preparation under way for a summit meeting in Hanoi next October, the focus is not so much on real issues as on ...