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Kevin Rafferty

For Kevin Rafferty's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Aug 18, 2015

Shinzo Abe's sorry apology

Critics of Shinzo Abe have to concede that he used the right buzzwords in his address marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the war. But did he really mean them?

Aug 4, 2015

Abe losing to his demons

On the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat and surrender, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has a wonderful opportunity to set a new path for Japan, for Asia and the world. But will he take it?

We need to talk about Abe

May 8, 2015

We need to talk about Abe

Shinzo Abe is bent on making Japan a "normal" country, but has he thought out the consequences of elevating the SDF to a full-fledged military?

Mar 31, 2015

Singapore's iron patriarch

Lee Kuan Yew cut his teeth on politics, but his ruthlessness in ensuring the dominance of his People's Action Party removed political contenders who might one day take over. It's the age-old problem when a great philosopher-king departs.