Golnar Motevalli
Ebrahim Raisi visiting the site of a road and rail bridge project in Azerbaijan on May 19
WORLD / Politics
May 20, 2024
Who will be Iran’s next president following Raisi’s death?
One of the big questions raised by Ebrahim Raisi’s death is how his absence is likely to affect the battle over who succeeds Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as Supreme Leader.
Iranians gather at Palestine Square to celebrate Iran’s attack on Israel, holding up their phones with the flash on, in Tehran on Sunday.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 15, 2024
Iran’s attack on Israel sparks race to avert a full-blown war
Nations around the world are working to stop what could be a slow dance toward war in the Middle East after Iran directly attacked Israel.
Japan Times
Jun 11, 2022
Iran has lessons on grim survival for Russia under sanctions
The founder of one of the first Iranian ad agencies to focus on social media has some advice for Russian businesses: You'll adapt and survive, but it'll be brutal.
Japan Times
Apr 6, 2022
Climate change is making Afghanistan’s hunger crisis worse
As the planet warms, the worst dry spell in two decades has coincided with Afghanistan's political and economic upheaval.
Japan Times
Jan 20, 2022
Drones jolt a Persian Gulf focused on Iran’s nuclear ambitions
Such drones make it possible to conduct small, targeted assaults that slip through multibillion-dollar defense systems designed to deter more advanced weapons.
Japan Times
Dec 20, 2021
Inside the deadly water crisis threatening Iran’s leadership
The nation's long-brewing crisis over water scarcity is the result of decades of unchecked industrial expansion.
Japan Times
Aug 6, 2021
Nuclear talks enter danger zone as powers await Iran’s word
Ebrahim Raisi, Iran's new president, brings a staunchly anti-Western brand of politics to the executive branch.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jun 20, 2021
Iran elects hard-liner as nuclear talks enter critical phase
Ultraconservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi swept to a landslide win in Iran's presidential election, potentially setting Tehran on a more hostile course toward the West.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Nov 12, 2020
Biden’s path back to the Iran nuclear deal won’t be easy or fast
Iran's mid-2021 presidential election, as well as likely continued Republican control of the U.S. Senate, will put the brakes on quick, substantive action, analysts said.
Japan Times
Oct 18, 2020
'Made in Iran' thrives in economy Trump tried to crush
There can’t have been many worse times to start a new business in Iran. Even before officials in the Islamic Republic alerted the public to a major outbreak of the coronavirus, the country started the year in a tense standoff with the U.S. while its economy was being crippled by sanctions.
Japan Times
Jul 22, 2019
Iran to execute members of alleged CIA-trained spy network
Iran, locked in a worsening political standoff with Western powers, has handed down death sentences to several nationals accused of being part of a CIA-trained spy network uncovered earlier this year, an official said on Monday.


Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world