| Sep 15, 2010

Seoul blundering on North

South Korea has committed a number of blunders in its efforts to gather intelligence on North Korea since President Lee Myun Bak took office in February 2008 with a tougher stand against Pyongyang than his predecessors. One example was seen in the aftermath of ...

| Apr 26, 2010

Transforming the judiciary

An epoch-making event in the Japanese judiciary system took place Jan. 27, when, for the first time in Japanese legal history, the prosecution’s decision not to indict a suspect was reversed by votes of a panel composed of citizens. The No. 2 Prosecution Inquest ...

| Apr 19, 2010

Playing ends off the middle

Komeito, the third largest political party in Japan, is striving not to antagonize but to be friends with as many rival groups as possible in a determined bid to win in the Upper House election scheduled for this summer. The principal reason for pursuing ...

| Mar 22, 2010

A haphazard approach to making foreign policy

“I wonder to what extent the Hatoyama administration relies on bureaucrats for its foreign policy,” a diplomat from a Middle Eastern country said recently. “It has not expressed its own messages on issues such as Iran’s nuclear weapons programs and the Mideast peace process. ...