New regional leaders face myriad challenges

Dec 16, 2012

New regional leaders face myriad challenges

What Japan needs the most as it emerges from the Lower House election is a more stable political leadership, after having six prime ministers in as many years, so that it can tackle mounting domestic challenges and manage its shaky ties with neighboring countries. ...

Perception gaps prolong soured Japan-China ties

| Dec 12, 2012

Perception gaps prolong soured Japan-China ties

The diplomatic row and anti-Japanese sentiments in China over the Senkaku Islands dispute may become a prolonged issue as long as perception gaps remain between the two countries, a scholar said at a recent seminar in Tokyo. Aside from the sheer question of sovereignty ...

ASEAN jittery over major power rivalry in Asia

| Dec 12, 2012

ASEAN jittery over major power rivalry in Asia

Despite the continuing growth of East Asia as a new engine driving the world economy, the prospect of a U.S.-China rivalry and the troubled relations between Japan and China pose challenges for the region’s future stability, experts from Southeast Asia said at a recent ...

U.S. ties depend on Tokyo's initiative, leadership

| Nov 24, 2012

U.S. ties depend on Tokyo's initiative, leadership

Japan-U.S. relations during the second four-year term of U.S. President Barack Obama will depend much on the stability of political leadership in Tokyo, a leading American expert on Japan said during a recent seminar in Tokyo. Obama’s re-election and the upcoming general election in ...