Reiji Yoshida

Reiji Yoshida is a staff writer and deputy manager of the Domestic News Division. Since joining The Japan Times in 1993, he has intensively covered domestic politics, diplomacy and defense issues as well as the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis.

For Reiji Yoshida's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Feb 12, 2015

Abe sidesteps expanded SDF role in Diet policy speech

Delivering a key policy speech at the Diet, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated his determination Thursday to push for economic reforms but avoided touching the most controversial issue expected at this year’s ordinary Diet session: security bills to expand the scope of Self-Defense Forces ...

Feb 6, 2015

Tokyo, Okinawa stuck in cold war over U.S. base

The central government and the Okinawa Prefectural Government are now in an apparent cold war. Despite repeated visits and requests from Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Ongata, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga have refused to meet the governor, who was elected ...