Mar 16, 2004

Interference may cost Chen

I still do not understand why the Japanese and U.S. governments are intervening in Taiwanese affairs — especiall since I believe the administrations of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and President George W. Bush are the best alternatives available at this time for both countries. ...

Aug 20, 2001

Ending Chinese interference

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine on Aug. 13, backtracking on his vow to make the visit Aug. 15, the anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II. Although he signed his name and title in the visitors’ register, Koizumi would not ...

Jul 18, 2001

Nation better off if Kawashima remains

I am probably the only person in Japan who will say this at the moment, and I suppose that what I am going to say will fall on deaf ears. But I will say it anyway: Administrative Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Yutaka Kawashima ...

May 21, 2001

Yamasaki's bold proposal

Taku Yamasaki, secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party, calls for a revision to the Constitution in his book “Kempo Kaisei” (Constitutional revision). I read it with great interest because his proposal, coming as it does from the No. 2 man in the ruling ...

Apr 20, 2001

Shame on the government

The Mori administration and the Foreign Ministry in particular have been taking an ambiguous attitude toward a request for a Japanese visa from former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui. I must criticize this attitude categorically. Lee said at a press conference at his Taipei office ...

Mar 5, 2001

Meeting mutual expectations

The Bush administration attaches special importance to U.S. allies in its foreign policy. In a news conference held Dec. 16, immediately after he won the presidency, George W. Bush said his administration will work with its allies in Europe and the Far East. Colin ...

Jan 1, 2001

New opportunities for Japan-U.S. ties

The administration of U.S. President-elect George W. Bush will include many pro-Japanese officials. This reflects U.S. political history. Many officials of President Bill Clinton’s administration had served under President Jimmy Carter, who came to power 12 years earlier. For example, former Secretary of State ...

Nov 22, 2000

Japan needs to abandon the 'image game'

Domestic politics is not my specialty, but I am so disturbed by recent developments that I am prompted to write down some of my thoughts. First, newspaper comments and articles suggest that the opposition parties and the media have succeeded in establishing a public ...

Nov 7, 2000

China refuses to let history be

The recent visit to Japan by Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji has certainly created a favorable impression among the Japanese — a contrast with Chinese President Jiang Zemin’s visit two years ago — but it has had no significant politi cal impact on public opinion ...

May 29, 2000

Whose Constitution is it?

At a recent meeting of the Diet’s Constitutional Review Council, Americans who participated in the drafting of the Japanese Constitution 54 years ago during the Occupation gave testimony. Their statements provided valuable clues to an understanding of the circum- stances that led up to ...