Jun 17, 2014

A requiem for technocracy

by Robert P. Crease

Now that science's postwar charisma has faded, politicians are debating the safety of genetically modified foods, the hazards of extracting shale oil and gas, and the impact of global warming without regard for scientific evidence — as if the issues were morality plays.

| Apr 19, 2014

Team Abe's alternate-reality Kool-Aid

by Jeff Kingston

Japan’s relations with China and South Korea are in tatters, there has been no progress on dealing with North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, strains with Washington persist, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks are at an impasse, whaling got harpooned and hopes for a deal ...

Dec 20, 2013

Parties rush to pick candidates for Tokyo governor

The ruling and opposition parties were caught off guard by the resignation of scandal-hit Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose and are now scrambling to find candidates for the special election to pick his successor. “We must find someone who can win,” Shigeru Ishiba, secretary-general of ...

A term for Abe's ilk? Well, nonliberal

| Jun 4, 2013

A term for Abe's ilk? Well, nonliberal

by Eric Johnston

Foreign media and overseas Japan experts largely use 19th- and 20th-century labels to describe Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and current Japanese politics led by his Liberal Democratic Party — “right-wing,” “hawkish,” “conservative” and “nationalist.” Japanese and the Japanese media either use and agree with, ...

'All issues on table' in China-India talks

May 20, 2013

'All issues on table' in China-India talks

India says all issues will be “on the table,” including a recent border spat and a festering trade imbalance, during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to the South Asian giant, which started Sunday. At the same time, New Delhi thinks “very highly” of Li’s ...