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For Simon Lewis's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Nov 7, 2020
Georgia likely to have recount due to slim margin, says secretary of state
Georgia's secretary of state on Friday said he expects a recount due to the small margin for the presidential election in the battleground state, where Democrat Joe Biden has a small lead over Republican President Donald Trump.
Japan Times
WORLD / ANALYSIS
Sep 20, 2020
Sudden Supreme Court vacancy a new 'wild card' in U.S. presidential race
The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has injected a volatile new element into the last stretch of a turbulent U.S. presidential race, potentially shifting the focus away from the coronavirus pandemic and the stagnant economy into a political battle over her successor.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Sep 10, 2020
How a few lawyers pushed voter fraud fears into the U.S. mainstream
For months, U.S. President Donald Trump has tried to convince Americans that the Nov. 3 election will be "rigged,” claiming without evidence that mail voting will open the door to mass cheating.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jan 20, 2020
Candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders try to move past feud as early voters sound alarm
U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders attempted over the weekend to tamp down a weeklong disagreement over whether Sanders told Warren in a 2018 private meeting that a woman could not beat Republican President Donald Trump in 2020.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / FOCUS
Aug 11, 2019
Myanmar politicians take advantage of China's junket tours
The National League for Democracy was forged in an uprising against one-party rule. Its activists spent years in jail under Myanmar's military junta. But since taking power three years ago, the party led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has found an unlikely ally — the Chinese Communist Party.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Apr 24, 2019
Rohingya camps in Bangladesh spawn a new civil society — and political violence
It was after Mohib Ullah scored his first political victories that the death threats began in earnest. On a recent morning, the Rohingya refugee leaned back on a plastic chair in the Bangladesh camp where he lives and translated the latest warning, sent over the WhatsApp messaging app.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 12, 2018
Myanmar admission that soldiers killed Rohingya 'an important step,' U.S. envoy says
Myanmar's admission that soldiers were involved in the murder of 10 Muslims in September was an important step and the United States hoped it would be followed by more transparency and accountability, the U.S. ambassador said on Thursday.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Mar 29, 2017
A year after taking power, regal Suu Kyi struggles to move Myanmar on from conflict
At the beginning of this year, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi sat down with one of her advisers to go through priorities for the coming months. She began with an apology for the slow pace of economic reform.

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