Sep 9, 2011

Japan rules the Senkakus

One year after the Senkaku incident, Japanese and Chinese people have a bad impression of each other, despite deepening economic and trade relations between the two countries. In fact, China is Japan’s No. 1 trade partner. In this situation, the Japanese government must act ...

Aug 7, 2011

A deal struck in Washington

German statesman Otto von Bismarck is credited for pointing out that “laws are like sausages: It is better not to see them being made.” Never has the truth of that old saw been more evident than during the week through Aug. 2, when the ...

Jul 29, 2011

DPJ leader's misdirected apology

On July 22, Democratic Party of Japan Secretary General Katsuya Okada handed a note to secretary generals of the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito, apologizing for the DPJ’s failure to fully implement the campaign promises in its 2009 Lower House election manifesto. His desperate ...