Takuya Karube

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

North Korea says fresh probe into Japan abductees almost done

Sep 10, 2015

North Korea says fresh probe into Japan abductees almost done

North Korea has nearly completed a fresh investigation it promised Japan last year into the fates of Japanese citizens allegedly abducted by the country decades ago, according to a senior North Korean diplomat. “What is obvious is that (North Korea) has conducted the investigation ...

Chinese skip military parade, head to Japan

Sep 4, 2015

Chinese skip military parade, head to Japan

China staged a massive military parade Thursday celebrating with fanfare the 70th anniversary of Japan’s defeat in World War II, but not all Chinese were glued to the spectacle: Many had fled, for Japan. Japan was one of the most popular overseas destinations for ...

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 ...