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For Daisuke Kikuchi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Nov 24, 2022
Is Japan the model for Elon Musk's Twitter?
Elizabeth Beattie explains how the social media platform's Japan team has been affected since Elon Musk's purchase of Twitter.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / ANALYSIS
Jun 12, 2018
Is Tokyo's commitment to abduction issue a diplomatic stumbling block?
As the world waited for Trump and Kim to emerge from their summit, Japan looked for signs that the two had addressed its top priority: abductees.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 9, 2018
Japan uneasy on prospects for Trump-Kim summit
With just days to go, Japan remains nervous its interests will get lost in the shuffle as the U.S. and North Korean leaders try to score quick diplomatic points.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 1, 2018
Japan Coast Guard reinforces Sea of Japan fleet to ward off North Korean poachers
The Japan Coast Guard has beefed up its patrol fleet near the Yamato Bank in the Sea of Japan to counter increasing numbers of North Korean fishing boats in Japan's exclusive economic zone, it announced Friday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
May 30, 2018
Former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, potential challenger to Abe, can get the job done
Liberal Democratic Party policy chief Fumio Kishida, rumored to be one of the contenders for the party's presidential race, isn't exactly a person with striking characteristics.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
May 25, 2018
Tokyo shows united front on Trump-Kim summit cancellation, calling for cooperation with U.S. and South Korea
Japanese officials take the development in stride, saying meeting for meetingu2019s sake should not be a priority with the nuclear-armed hermit state.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
May 24, 2018
Abe expresses hope for peace treaty progress as he departs for summit with Putin
The Prime Minister left for Russia on Thursday to hold a meeting with the Russian president and attend an economic forum, with bilateral cooperation high on the agenda.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
May 21, 2018
Japan facing toughest security environment since World War II: Onodera
Amid the nuclear and missile threat posed by North Korea, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Monday that Japan is facing its toughest security environment since World War II, and pledged to resolutely protect its territory.
JAPAN / Politics
May 15, 2018
Defense minister mentions Akita and Yamaguchi as candidate sites for Aegis Ashore, naming specific prefectures for first time
Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Tuesday that Akita and Yamaguchi prefectures are candidate sites for installations of the Aegis Ashore anti-ballistic missile defense system, naming specific prefectures for the first time.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / ANALYSIS
May 10, 2018
One year into Moon's presidency, Japanese experts now view him as a pragmatic leader
Throughout the nuclear crisis, many in Japan have been concerned the liberal South Korean leader could prioritize relations with Pyongyang over the interests of longtime allies.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
May 9, 2018
Japan and China agree on aerial and maritime mechanism to avoid military clashes
The creation of the hotline is aimed at averting unintended conflict and represents the latest sign of improving bilateral ties between the Asian powers.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
May 3, 2018
Abe's dream to revise Japan's Constitution drifts farther from reach as long-running scandals chip away at support
In a recent video message the prime minister spoke about the need to revise the top law, but does he still have the public support to do it?
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / ANALYSIS
Apr 27, 2018
With Kim-Moon summit over, Japan eager for piece of the action
With North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's summit with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in seen as a success and Kim's summit with U.S. President Donald Trump on the horizon, Japan is desperate to become a player in the next round of negotiations.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / ANALYSIS
Apr 19, 2018
Trump talks a success for Abe, with much needed diplomatic win on North Korea
As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ended a high-profile two-day meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida Thursday, he may have felt relieved at — or possibly even proud — having just pulled off a better than expected summit that some Japan-based analysts said could have gone much worse.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 16, 2018
Trade war would threaten global growth, Japan and China agree in first economic talks since 2010
Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his Chinese counterpart say the two countries are now at a new starting point to develop their bilateral relationship.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / ANALYSIS
Apr 15, 2018
Questions arise over Trump-Abe ties at critical juncture for Japanese prime minister
The once lauded rapport between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is increasingly questioned, and experts say it is critical for Abe to work out what Trumpu2019s real intentions are.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 6, 2018
Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera announces a fresh set of SDF logs from Iraq have been found in growing scandal
Onodera pledged to further probe the ministryu2019s careless handling of data and promised to announce the result as soon as possible.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 5, 2018
Disclosure that GSDF hid discovery of Iraq logs reignites doubts over civilian control of Japan's armed forces
The ministry acknowledged the activity logs, from an Iraq mission, had been kept hidden from top officials for more than a year ,despite an earlier claim that they didnu2019t exist.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 3, 2018
Defense Ministry finds GSDF logs for Iraq despite earlier denials of existence before Diet
Defense Minister Onodera says he did not find out about Ground Self-Defense Force activity logs from Iraq until 2u00bd months after they were discovered.
JAPAN
Apr 2, 2018
Foreign Minister Taro Kono urges his newest diplomats to hone their English
Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Monday extended a warm welcome to the ministry's newest recruits, and asked the young diplomats to continue improving their English and other essential skills needed to connect Japan with the rest of the world.

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