Nationalists gain Ukraine influence

| Mar 8, 2014

Nationalists gain Ukraine influence

When protest leaders in Ukraine helped oust a president widely seen as corrupt, they became heroes of the barricades. But as they take places in the new government, some are facing uncomfortable questions about their own values and associations — not least their alleged ...

Tepco haunted by mismanagement

| Mar 6, 2014

Tepco haunted by mismanagement

by Miya Tanaka

Tepco has been walking a tightrope at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant for the last three years, and many of its missteps have been glaring. Having to clean up the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl was never going to be simple or easy, ...

Obama's caution risks midterm loss

| Mar 4, 2014

Obama's caution risks midterm loss

With Russia’s incursion into Ukraine reviving Cold War-style tensions, President Barack Obama is at risk of suffering a blow to his credibility at a time when he can least afford it: as he tries to convince voters to stick with his fellow Democrats in ...

| Mar 4, 2014

Talks with North bring hope

by Ko Hirano

An informal intergovernmental meeting between Japanese and North Korean officials in Shenyang on Monday has rekindled hope for addressing issues of concern between the two countries, including Pyongyang’s abductions of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s. Details of the talks, which lasted for ...

Putin gambit challenges post-Cold War system

| Mar 4, 2014

Putin gambit challenges post-Cold War system

One senior Obama administration official called Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in the Ukraine “outrageous.” A second described them as an “outlaw act.” A third said his brazen use of military force harks back to a past century. “What we see here are distinctly ...

Kunming attack may signal wider troubles

| Mar 4, 2014

Kunming attack may signal wider troubles

A brazen and bloody machete attack at a Chinese railway station could herald an ominous change in the violence Beijing blames on separatists from Xinjiang, analysts say, threatening more incidents far beyond the restive region. Until now, disturbances have largely been confined to Xinjiang, ...