Kuni Miyake
For Kuni Miyake's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Indian leader Narendra Modi greets Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the Group of 20 Summit in New Delhi in September.
Nov 24, 2023
Are India and Thailand revising their diplomatic balancing acts?
New Delhi and Bangkok share an 'omnidirectional' approach to diplomacy, the limits of which are being tested.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa attends a news conference during the Group of Seven foreign ministers meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday. The Oct. 7 surprise attack by Hamas on Israel fundamentally changed the nature of this year's meeting.
Nov 9, 2023
Dispelling myths about Japan’s ‘balanced’ Middle East diplomacy
Unfortunately, many in the Japanese media do not seem to understand what is really happening in the Middle East.
Israeli soldiers gather around a tank near the border with the Gaza Strip on Oct. 15. The IDF is preparing to conduct a ground offensive into the Palestinian territory.
Oct 26, 2023
When history rhymes: Are we back in 2003, at the dawn of the Iraq War?
Given the parallels between the Israeli position today and the U.S. invasion of Iraq a decade ago, history can offer important lessons.
Various student and left-wing organizations march in support of Palestinians in New Delhi on Monday.
Oct 17, 2023
Hamas' war and what it means for India
Some strategic thinkers are calling for a broader "Indo-Abrahamic Alliance" that includes not only the I2U2 but also Egypt and Saudi Arabia
A Palm Sunday procession makes its way toward a government-sanctioned Catholic church in Youtong village in China's Hebei province
Oct 2, 2023
The Holy See shows how to deal with China
In China, the relationship between politics and religion is unique, and the Holy See has adopted a sophisticated approach to diplomacy with Beijing.
Chinese President Xi Jinping at the BRICS summit in South Africa on Aug. 23
Sep 14, 2023
What does Xi really mean? Chinese diplomacy’s true intentions
Decoding the true meaning behind Xi Jinping's words, and his silences, reveals an increasingly isolated China.
A sign reading "suspend the sale of all fish products imported from Japan" in an area of Japanese restaurants in Beijing
Aug 30, 2023
China’s actions on Japan and religion are cut from the same cloth
Beijing’s stoking of anti-Japanese sentiment based on unscientific accusations mirrors its suppression of religious freedom in Xinjiang.
Social division and the polarization of the American political system are becoming more and more apparent.
Aug 18, 2023
Where is the America I once knew headed?
The sociopolitical transformation I witnessed in San Francisco is not just a West Coast phenomenon, but perhaps a nationwide trend.
People lie passed out on a sidewalk in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco in February 2020.
Aug 8, 2023
Is America’s soft power eroding?
San Francisco has changed from a hub of hippie culture and freedom in the 1960s and '70s, suggesting America's soft power is abating.
Japan Times
Jul 20, 2023
Kishida’s Middle East visit creates a great opportunity for Japan
Kishida visit shows Japan"s policy vis-a-vis the Middle East is shifting from the traditional energy-securing economic diplomacy to a more strategic foreign policy.
Japan Times
Jul 7, 2023
Tips for better diplomatic commentary
As I grow older and wiser, here are seven lessons I have learned as a career Japanese diplomat.
Japan Times
Jun 24, 2023
Blinken’s visit to China was neither a success nor a failure
The Japanese media are divided in their assessment over the success of the U.S. secretary of state"s trip to Beijing for talks to better relations.
Japan Times
Jun 9, 2023
An open letter to China’s defense minister (satire intended)
Japanese editorials were divided over the Sino-U.S. positions at the Shangri-La Dialogue.
Japan Times
May 23, 2023
The Hiroshima summit will affect global politics for years to come
The Hiroshima summit was a historic and consequential event that reaffirmed Japan’s leadership role in the world.
Japan Times
May 9, 2023
Kishida's Seoul visit was a positive step — at least in the short term
Fumio Kishida and Yoon Suk-yeol"s meeting in Seoul required courage, political initiative and the support from all sides.
Japan Times
Apr 27, 2023
Evacuating citizens from war zones differs from country to country
Japan has very different ideas on how to evacuate its nationals from war zones compared to countries like the United States.
Japan Times
Apr 14, 2023
French leader adds unneeded tension to the 'One China' policy
French President Emmanuel Macron weighed in on the issue of Taiwan-China relations, and much of the world did not like his comments.
Japan Times
Apr 5, 2023
Is 'Americanness' in peril?
Will the U.S. continue to be exceptional, or will it be transformed into a mediocre nation?
Japan Times
Mar 17, 2023
Kishida warmly welcomes South Korea's president to Tokyo
Will the summit talks in Tokyo between the leaders of Japan and South Korea change the course of the two nations" hopelessly tumultuous relations?
Japan Times
Mar 8, 2023
The geopolitical trajectory of the Philippines is changing
Growing anxiety toward China, improved U.S.-Philippine relations and growing momentum to advance trilateral-security cooperation that includes Japan is changing Philippine diplomacy.


Yoshiko Koide sits in a classroom at Nagoya College where she teaches a Japanese-language observation seminar.
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