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Yuriko Koike
For Yuriko Koike's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jan 13, 2015
Now Abe must follow through
Three factors played important roles in securing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's extraordinary victory in last month's elections: falling oil prices, rising skepticism about China's peaceful intentions and Abe himself supplanting the role of labor unions by demanding that companies give pay raises.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Dec 1, 2014
A vote for Abe is no gamble
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is almost certain to receive a voter mandate, not least because he lacks credible opponents.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Oct 31, 2014
APEC diplomacy could help thaw chilly ties
Next month's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing looks like a high-risk enterprise, as it is not even clear if Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korean President Park Geun-hye will agree to meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for discussions aimed at lowering tensions in the region.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Oct 7, 2014
Abenomics' women problem
The key to Abenomics' success may turn on whether the Japanese people are convinced that more women in the workforce are essential to their country's economic revival, and on whether they will support efforts to establish institutions that support working women.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Sep 1, 2014
Putting an end to the Japan-Korea history wars
As another war of words heats up, Japanese and South Korean leaders need to step back, recognize where the real interests of their people lie, and stop obsessing about the past.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jul 18, 2014
High cost to new neutrality
South Korea's elite appears to be splitting into pro-Chinese and pro-American factions that transcend party lines, while German leaders' obsession with growing exports appears to have gagged them on China's human rights abuses and its aggressive behavior toward Asian neighbors.
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 27, 2014
How to end the Philippines' Moro insurgency
Though questions remain about the durability of the landmark peace deal that Philippines President Benigno Aquino struck with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in January, the political autonomy granted to the country's Muslim areas seems to have persuaded most fighters that the time has come to end a half-century of carnage.
COMMENTARY / Japan
May 27, 2014
Recent events in Asia could be tipping points
Russia's struggle to conclude a long-term gas-supply deal with China seems to suggest that China is happy to see Russian President Vladimir Putin poke his finger into the West's eye but that China is more interested in turning Russia into the sort of vassal state that Putin seeks for Ukraine.
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 25, 2014
Perilous road to Slovyansk
The utter disconnect between America's diplomatic principles and practice is emboldening the country's adversaries. The lone actor most responsible for threatening world peace might unwittingly be U.S. President Barack Obama.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Apr 4, 2014
Japan's Russian dilemma
For the Japanese, President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea was an unsurprising return to Russia's historic paradigm. Thus it is understandable that many now consider the recent hopes for serious talks between Putin and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the Northern Territories as stillborn.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Mar 2, 2014
Abe courting equality or estrangement in quest
In Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's view, Japan needs to regain, wherever possible, the right of independent decision-making if it is to manage successfully the challenge posed to it by China. He seeks a policy of voluntary cooperation with the U.S.
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 19, 2014
Time to speak up in defense of Thai democracy
Thailand, Southeast Asia's most developed and sophisticated economy, is teetering on the edge of the political abyss. Yet most of the rest of Asia appears to be averting its eyes from its anarchic unrest.
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 30, 2013
Deciphering Kim's actions
The day is fast approaching when Kim Jong Un and his clan will have to take responsibility for the country's dire condition, and it may come soon after his aunt dies.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Dec 3, 2013
A vital role for Caroline Kennedy
Given the nexus of issues that tie vital U.S. interests to Japan's reform process, Caroline Kennedy, the new U.S. ambassador to Japan, could well prove to be a crucial link between the countries.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Nov 8, 2013
Abe's security bill aims to shutter 'spy's paradise'
With the prime minister's Liberal Democrats in strong control of both legislative houses, a bill to undertake the long-overdue modernization of Japan's national-security governance is certain to pass.
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 23, 2013
Asia and a post-U.S. Mideast
Dependence on imported oil motivated the U.S. military presence in the Mideast after 1945. With energy self-sufficiency in sight, will the U.S. pull back
COMMENTARY / Japan
Mar 7, 2013
The pope of Japanese finance
As with the deliberations at the Vatican, politics — not doctrinal debate — underpins the decision-making process for the next Bank of Japan governor.
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 1, 2013
Bidding farewell to Hillary Clinton, for now ...
As Hillary Clinton prepares to step down as U.S. Secretary of State, millions of Americans would like to see her write another political act — as president.
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 29, 2012
To kowtow or cooperate in Asia
When a U.S. president's first overseas trip following his re-election is to Asia, one can be sure that something big is afoot in the region. Indeed, Barack Obama's decision to go first to impoverished and long-isolated Myanmar (Burma) attests to the potency of the changes under way in that country — and to U.S. awareness of China's efforts to shape an Asia that kowtows to its economic and foreign-policy interests.

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