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Peter Apps
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 7, 2016
How long before North Korea can nuke the U.S.?
North Korean leader Kim Jing Un's ultimate ambition is to be able to hit U.S. cities from a submarine that could hide itself at sea.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 1, 2016
Will America turn isolationist?
If the U.S. is going isolationist again during a period of global instability, that may not be a good thing for the rest of us.
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 26, 2016
Europe's problem: location, location, location
Europe is in the wrong place at the wrong time. And the consequences may rip it apart.
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 1, 2015
James Bond is the U.K.'s greatest intelligence asset
James Bond and his fellow fictional British operatives allow U.K. intelligence to project an image that goes well beyond the niggling issues of reality.
Japan Times
WORLD / ANALYSIS
Aug 22, 2014
NATO's new challenge: 'ambiguous warfare'
Since Russia's annexation of Crimea in March, NATO has been publicly refocusing on its old Cold War foe, Moscow. The threats it now believes it faces, however, are distinctly different from those of the latter half of the 20th century.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jun 22, 2014
U.S. looks to Europe amid Ukraine crisis
Only last year, the U.S. European Command was facing some of the deepest cuts of any region in the U.S. military. Now, after Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, the Pentagon finds itself focusing on the continent in a way not seen in decades.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Mar 29, 2014
Rivalries hamper hunt for jet
The search for Flight MH370, the Malaysia Airlines plane that vanished over the South China Sea on March 8, has involved more than two dozen countries and 60 aircraft and ships, but it has also been bedeviled by regional rivalries.
WORLD / FOCUS
Mar 6, 2014
DDoS cyberattacks grow bigger, smarter, more damaging
Crashing websites and overwhelming data centers, a new generation of cyberattacks is costing millions and straining the structure of the Internet.

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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