Takuya Karube

For Takuya Karube's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

China grows more wary about Abe

Jul 22, 2013

China grows more wary about Abe

China is apprehensive about Japan becoming more nationalistic after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition scored a comfortable win in Sunday’s Upper House election, giving the ruling bloc control of both Diet chambers for the first time in six years. Chinese media and some ...

Strains to gradually ebb: Chinese scholar

Jul 16, 2013

Strains to gradually ebb: Chinese scholar

A leading Chinese expert on Japanese affairs is predicting a gradual improvement in relations between Asia’s two biggest economies after this Sunday’s Upper House election, regardless of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s hawkish political beliefs. “It is welcoming for China that there will be political ...

Three-way FTA talks have key hurdles to surmount

| May 15, 2012

Three-way FTA talks have key hurdles to surmount

The leaders of Japan, China and South Korea have announced their countries will launch negotiations on a trilateral free-trade agreement by year’s end. But the prospects are far from rosy. The deal on the talks is seen by many experts as a by-product of, ...

Jan 10, 2012

Partnerships key to diplomatic revival

Japan’s diplomatic outreach has grown since Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s government was formed in September, but the real challenge — whether it can play a pivotal role in reshaping the order in the Asia-Pacific region — will come this year. Noda has traveled abroad ...

Nov 15, 2010

Japan's prosperity hinges on close Asia-Pacific ties: Kan

YOKOHAMA — Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Sunday that Japan’s future prosperity hinges on whether it can build closer ties with China and other Asia-Pacific countries, although there may be some difficult issues. “Japan no longer has overwhelming economic power in Asia . . ...

| Aug 12, 2010

Kan bids to give Japan new image

If the Democratic Party of Japan hadn’t swept to power last year, there may have been no further statements of regret from the country for its imperial past like the one directed at South Korea on Tuesday. “I express here once again my feelings ...

Feb 9, 2010

Kan survives G7 debut at Road to Nowhere

IQALUIT, Nunavut — Finance Minister Naoto Kan’s first real exposure to the international arena was not in the dazzling lights of New York, London or Paris. It was in Iqaluit, a tiny town in the Canadian tundra, the name of which means “place of ...