Takehiko Kajita
Jan 26, 2010
World Bank's Japanese seek to woo more
WASHINGTON — "Come and join us!" They are not inviting you to a party but to something more exciting and challenging — to be part of the World Bank and efforts to help developing countries unleash their potential.
Jan 14, 2010
Direction unclear for Japan-U.S. discussion on security cooperation
Nov 8, 2009
U.S. open to environmental pact for bases
WASHINGTON — The United States is ready to discuss the possibility of forming a special bilateral pact with Japan to address environmental damage at U.S. military bases in Japan, the governor of Kanagawa Prefecture said Friday.
Oct 28, 2009
U.S. concerned by Japan's changes in foreign policy
WASHINGTON — The United States appears increasingly concerned about the new course of Japan's foreign policy, raising the specter of a showdown between Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and President Barack Obama at their summit in Tokyo next month.
Japan Times
May 6, 2009
Abductee kin hope Obama takes hard line on North
WASHINGTON — Relatives of Japanese abducted by North Korea were not surprised that U.S. officials were reluctant to immediately assume a tougher stance against Pyongyang.
Jan 15, 2009
Japan 'cornerstone' of U.S. Asia policy: Clinton
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State-designate Hillary Rodham Clinton hailed the alliance with Japan Tuesday as she articulated her vision of future U.S. diplomacy.
Japan Times
Sep 18, 2008
Obama says he's committed to Japan, Asia
A Democratic administration under Barack Obama is expected to maintain strong relations with Japan and other allies, while conservative analysts try to raise doubts about his commitment to Japan.
Jul 10, 2008
Debate on expansion drags on
Leaders of the Group of Eight nations have for now agreed to disagree on expanding their exclusive club to include emerging economies, but the debate is expected to continue next year and beyond. The proposal by French President Nicolas Sarkozy appears to have made Japan uneasy as host of this year's...
Mar 11, 2008
Expert urges 'proactive' diplomacy with U.S.
Japan should take a more "proactive" diplomatic role as part of efforts to strengthen relations with the United States in the post-President George W. Bush era, according to a seasoned U.S. expert on Japan. "The first thing, I think, is that Japan needs to be proactive and this is the time to prepare,"...
Jan 1, 2008
U.S. policy toward Pyongyang looks to test Japan relations
Japan's relations with its most important ally, the United States, are drifting apart and trans-Pacific tensions could run high in 2008, especially over U.S. diplomacy with North Korea. A key test will come when Washington moves to take North Korea off its list of state sponsors of terrorism, a move...
Feb 9, 2006
ADB to launch ACU to gauge currency moves
The Asian Development Bank plans to debut a notional unit of exchange called the Asian Currency Unit as a yardstick to monitor moves in the values of currencies in East Asia, ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda said Wednesday.
Jan 10, 2006
Better ties sought through radio
A Japanese woman deeply worried about the growing antagonism between Japan and China wants young Chinese to tune into her radio program, tap into Japanese youth culture and eventually help expand the horizons for bilateral ties.
Aug 18, 2005
China-wary firms finding neighbor Vietnam beckoning with open arms
HANOI (Kyodo) In their quest to survive ever-intensifying competition, Japanese investors joined the stampede into China -- until last year.
Japan Times
Jun 18, 2005
Singapore's Japanese prostitute era paved over
Clean, safe and green, Singapore is one of the most favored destinations for modern Japanese women who want to work and play hard.
Japan Times
Feb 27, 2003
Japan-South Korea FTA seen as key to better ties
Japan and South Korea are often perceived as geographically close but psychologically distant countries, with people on both sides loving to hate each other.
Jan 15, 2002
Japan's new ASEAN policy comes as China rises
An agreement in November between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to form a free-trade area within 10 years was a wakeup call for Japan to reshape its policy regarding Southeast Asia. During his tour of five ASEAN nations that began Wednesday, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi unveiled...
Sep 26, 2000
Hopes to retool energy policy confounded
Kyodo News One year after a disastrous nuclear accident in Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan is still trying to formulate a new national energy policy.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan