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Kuni Miyake
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 20, 2022
The consistency and novelty in Kishida’s foreign policy
The nation's mainstream media seems to be ambivalent about Kishida's realist-based diplomacy.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jan 9, 2022
Top risks of 2022: Smaller issues vs. the big picture
The best way to minimize the fallacy-of-composition risk is for strategically-minded leaders to convince the people that in difficult times they must prioritize collective interests.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 16, 2021
Should Tokyo boycott the Beijing Olympic Games?
The Japanese government reportedly will refrain from sending a Cabinet minister to the Winter Olympics in Beijing. But that decision has yet to be reached.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 10, 2021
Biden’s warning to Putin on Ukraine has Indo-Pacific ramifications as well
No one in Japan seems to have pondered the strategic and geopolitical implications that the second Biden-Putin summit meeting may have for the Indo-Pacific region.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Dec 2, 2021
Shinzo Abe’s no-nonsense message to Beijing
Shinzo Abe's remarks in his latest speech warning of the consequences of attacking Taiwan were perfectly compatible with the 1972 joint communique, but Beijing was still angered.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Nov 26, 2021
Questions raised over the wisdom of dipping into Japan's oil reserves
The news media and oil industry are questioning the decision to tap into the national stockpile, which was considered to be a “last resort” move.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 19, 2021
Japan’s media fail to agree on weight of Biden-Xi summit
Japan has been traumatized from the humiliating experience of the 1972 Nixon-China visit and has since fretted about Washington's intentions regarding Beijing.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Nov 12, 2021
Japan’s new foreign minister isn’t a pro-China ‘panda hugger’
While we must see how Hayashi handles Japan's foreign policy in the months to come, one thing is certain, China should not be optimistic that Hayashi will be different from his predecessors.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Nov 4, 2021
Unpacking Japan’s post-election narratives
Though the LDP maintained a stable majority, Osaka-based Nippon Ishin no Kai was the biggest winner in the election, securing 41 seats — 31 more than its previous 10.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 29, 2021
Deciphering Biden's remarks on defending Taiwan
Some in Tokyo are wondering if Washington changed its traditional strategic “ambiguity” policy on Taiwan to “clarity.”
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 26, 2021
Tokyo's fond memories of Colin Powell
The American statesman may have had few visible encounters with Tokyo, but the soldier and diplomat still helped build confidence between the allied nations.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 14, 2021
Sleepless in Seoul: Waiting for Kishida’s phone call
New Prime Minister Kishida has not called the president of South Korea yet, causing a stir in South Korean media.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Oct 7, 2021
Will mixed expectations on Kishida affect economic security?
Kishida's approval ratings seem to reflect the current mood of the nation's pandemic-frustrated public.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Oct 1, 2021
Will Japan’s China policy change under Kishida’s leadership?
Whether Kishida is Abe's puppet or not, what he should do or can do in his foreign policy will be defined by the geostrategic reality in the Indo-Pacific region.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 29, 2021
Japan faces a rapidly changing Indo-Pacific strategic environment
Tokyo has witnessed several significant political, economic and military developments over the past month following the full withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 24, 2021
Is the Chinese Communist Party returning to the 'communist' path?
To address a sense among the public that economic unfairness is a growing problem, Xi Jinping announced his 'common prosperity' policy aimed at correcting the country's income disparity.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Perspectives
Sep 11, 2021
What a Japanese diplomat learned from 9/11
The terrorist attacks in the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, diverted Washington's attention away from China.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 26, 2021
Has nation-building in Afghanistan failed?
Experts say history has shown that Afghanistan's traditional tribal groups tend to reject central government rule, which was the case during the British, Soviet and U.S. interventions.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 20, 2021
Blaming Biden will not help the Afghans still at risk
Though tragic, the fall of Kabul to the Taliban was not a surprise to many. Laying blame now for the defeat will not help those in need of protection.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Aug 16, 2021
How many Olympic medals are enough?
Is the obsession with winning Olympic glory a healthy form of patriotism or an unhealthy kind of nationalism?

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