Yuriko Koike

For Yuriko Koike's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Apr 4, 2014

Japan's Russian dilemma

For the Japanese, President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea was an unsurprising return to Russia's historic paradigm. Thus it is understandable that many now consider the recent hopes for serious talks between Putin and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the Northern Territories as ...

Mar 2, 2014

Abe courting equality or estrangement in quest

In Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's view, Japan needs to regain, wherever possible, the right of independent decision-making if it is to manage successfully the challenge posed to it by China. He seeks a policy of voluntary cooperation with the U.S.

Dec 30, 2013

Deciphering Kim's actions

The day is fast approaching when Kim Jong Un and his clan will have to take responsibility for the country's dire condition, and it may come soon after his aunt dies.

Dec 3, 2013

A vital role for Caroline Kennedy

Given the nexus of issues that tie vital U.S. interests to Japan's reform process, Caroline Kennedy, the new U.S. ambassador to Japan, could well prove to be a crucial link between the countries.

Mar 23, 2013

Asia and a post-U.S. Mideast

Dependence on imported oil motivated the U.S. military presence in the Mideast after 1945. With energy self-sufficiency in sight, will the U.S. pull back

Mar 7, 2013

The pope of Japanese finance

As with the deliberations at the Vatican, politics — not doctrinal debate — underpins the decision-making process for the next Bank of Japan governor.

Nov 29, 2012

To kowtow or cooperate in Asia

When a U.S. president’s first overseas trip following his re-election is to Asia, one can be sure that something big is afoot in the region. Indeed, Barack Obama’s decision to go first to impoverished and long-isolated Myanmar (Burma) attests to the potency of the ...