Margaret Talev
For Margaret Talev's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Apr 6, 2019
Increasing influential U.S. national security adviser John Bolton tests boundaries — and Trump's patience
White House national security adviser John Bolton is expanding his influence in increasingly visible ways, pursuing his own long-standing foreign policy priorities at the risk of tensions with top administration officials — and even Donald Trump himself.
Japan Times
Mar 23, 2019
'Utterly shocking': Trump sparks new confusion over North Korea sanctions policy
The U.S. will leave in place North Korea-related sanctions on two Chinese shipping companies that were announced on Thursday, and U.S. President Donald Trump has no plans to impose additional penalties on Kim Jong Un's government, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Japan Times
May 25, 2018
Trump-Kim summit failure: Improvised diplomacy and skipped meetings
A historic summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un — abruptly agreed to with little plan for how events would unfold — collapsed as the leaders talked past each other on their goals, phone calls weren't returned and rhetoric turned from hopeful to sour.
Japan Times
Feb 13, 2018
U.S. strikes said to kill scores of Russian fighters in Syria
U.S. forces killed scores of Russian contract soldiers in Syria last week in what may be the deadliest clash between citizens of the former foes since the Cold War, according to a U.S. official and three Russians familiar with the matter.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Jul 6, 2017
Trump-Putin talks raise fears ex-spymaster to get upper hand
Donald Trump's encounter with Russian President Vladimir Putin is raising concern among veteran American diplomats and analysts about a mismatch between a U.S. president new to global affairs and a wily former Soviet spymaster experienced in the long game of strategy and statecraft.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Oct 9, 2016
Clinton to stay mum on Trump groping video until debate
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton won't address Republican Donald Trump's crude video until their debate Sunday night, seeking to preserve the potency of the moment before a large audience, according to a campaign official who asked not to be named.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jun 8, 2016
Clinton seizes historic role as female presidential nominee as Trump campaign hits new low
If Hillary Clinton's best argument for unifying Democrats and winning the White House is Donald Trump, then she picked a good week to clinch the nomination.


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