Yuriko Koike
For Yuriko Koike's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan / The Year Ahead
Jan 2, 2023
The Ukraine war and Asian security
The real question facing leaders across the Indo-Pacific is whether the region can build a structure of peace to prevent national ambitions and hostilities from escalating to open warfare.
Japan Times
JAPAN / IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition
Sep 14, 2018
Future water sustainability a major priority
It is truly a pleasure and great honor to host the first International Water Association congress held in Japan and to welcome so many people who have come to our city from all over the world. May I take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to IWA President Diane d'Arras and her staff, and everyone from industry, academia and government for their hard work and dedication to ensure the success of this congress.
Japan Times
Jan 19, 2018
Asia's metropolises against North Korea
Mega-cities must play a central role in helping to avoid conflict and defuse tension.
Japan Times
Aug 16, 2016
Cleaning up the Olympics
Gov. Yuriko Koike is aiming for a successful Olympics that enhances — rather than derails — Tokyo's future.
May 23, 2016
Barack Obama at Hiroshima
U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Hiroshima will show the world how bonds of alliance and solidarity are forged and maintained.
Japan Times
May 2, 2016
Trump: the isolationist's apprentice
If a Trump presidency does emerge, it will be a loss for the Republican Party, the U.S. as a whole, and its allies.
Japan Times
Mar 31, 2016
ASEAN's destructive elites
Just as India, Japan and the U.S. have been helping to shepherd Myanmar through its transition, they should take a more proactive role in saving Malaysia and Thailand from their elites' self-destructive behavior.
Japan Times
Mar 3, 2016
Pachinko profits help fund Kim's war machine
Money from Japan is fueling the North Korean regime and more must be done to turn off the tap.
Japan Times
Feb 2, 2016
Taiwan's balancer-in-chief
Tsai's election demonstrates that, while many Taiwanese want good relations with China, they are opposed to Beijing's 'One China' policy.
Japan Times
Jan 5, 2016
The ghosts of North Korea
Will North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ever be able to act in his country's real interests, and not those of his fantasies?
Dec 3, 2015
The climate-terror connection
Where climate change threatens to lay waste to the environment, fanatics have banded together to lay waste to civilization.
Nov 3, 2015
How the TPP can transform Japan's economy
Regardless of whether or not the TPP is implemented, Japan's farmers must change their approach if they want to secure their futures rather than hope that subsidies will continue forever.
Sep 30, 2015
Could the 'Asian century' already be petering out?
Nations across Asia stand at a crossroads and must decide between moving forward based on reforms or continuing to stagnate.
Aug 11, 2015
Accepting Japan at its word
If Asia is to move beyond its past, the victims of Japan's wartime aggression must recognize that the Japan of 2015 is not the Japan of 1931, 1941, or even 1945, and that forgiveness benefits everyone.
Japan Times
Jul 31, 2015
The dangerous rise of Buddhist chauvinism
Buddhist chauvinism now threatens the democratic process in both Myanmar and Sri Lanka.
Jun 28, 2015
At last, Japan stands up
Japan no longer intends to stand on the world's diplomatic sidelines.
Jun 1, 2015
The AIIB key to Beijing's new economic order
China's approach to creating an infrastructure bank that will knit Asia into a Sino-centric economic order could prove to be a nightmare.
Apr 23, 2015
Mr. Abe goes to Washington
In honoring Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with an address to Congress, the U.S. is really honoring the values and vision that both countries share.
Japan Times
Apr 3, 2015
The trials and tribulations of Asian democracy
The list of national political leaders in Asia who have faced, or are about to face, criminal charges has grown so extensive that it is plausible to wonder whether democracy itself can survive in a number of these countries.
Mar 3, 2015
Thomas Piketty's Japanese tour
Like so many other Western exports, Thomas Piketty's economic argument has taken on unique characteristics in Japan.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on