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

Aug 7, 2014

Pope rises to Asia challenge

When Pope Francis touches down in Asia next week, a region of the world his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI never visited, he will land in an unexpected place.

Jul 28, 2014

No letup in the inhumanity

Where are the peacemakers hiding? In China, Japan, South Korea, Ukraine, Russia and the Middle East, leaders have dug in and are picking at old sores and animosities, even trying to celebrate them.

Jul 4, 2014

The age of intelligent robots

When a chatbot can convince judges at Britain's Royal Society that it is a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy with limited English skills, it may be time to worry about a computer taking your job.

Jun 2, 2014

India's diversity is Modi's burden

Whether new Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Gujarat state recipe can work well for all of India is problematic. India needs more competition, new ideas, new entrepreneurs — not new privileges for the rich

May 5, 2014

Is Modi too big a man for India?

The biggest problem with the rise of political superhero Narendra Modi is that it follows the "Big Man" model, which is flawed many times over in the case of diverse India.