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Kuni Miyake
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Feb 19, 2021
A decade after 3/11, what lessons has Japan learned?
The March 11, 2011, earthquake's impact on the people and government of Japan has been both physical and philosophical.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Feb 12, 2021
Beijing already using information warfare with Biden team
Whatever the reason, China was clever enough to take advantage of the omission of one-China discussions in the U.S. readout to make the narrative conform to their interests.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Feb 4, 2021
Persuasion, not pressure, must be used with Myanmar
The real question, however, is not whether Japan recognizes the new government in Myanmar. What matters most is how Japan resumes its efforts of persuasion.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jan 28, 2021
With Biden, Washington returns to normalcy: But 'strategic patience' with China?
If the Biden administration applied the abortive “strategic patience” concept to China, many in Tokyo would indeed be concerned.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 22, 2021
Biden and Trump deliver vastly different messages
Joe Biden’s inauguration last week was the most heavily guarded in memory: Washington’s entire National Mall was fenced off; numerous military checkpoints were set up; and 25,000 National Guard troops were deployed to prevent the public from entering the city center.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 15, 2021
Will Biden undo Trump’s last minute legacy?
The Biden administration may be trapped in a quandary over Taiwan because the U.S. may send the wrong signal to China if the new secretary of state nullifies Pompeo's Jan. 9 decision.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 2, 2021
I beg your 'pardon,' Mr. Trump
What concerns me most about Trump's pardons are those for four former Blackwater employees convicted of shooting indiscriminately into a crowd of ordinary citizens in Baghdad in 2007.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Dec 22, 2020
Dear Canberra, you are not alone
What Australia's prime minister said about a COVID-19 inquiry was appropriate and the international community must remain united and push China to do what is right during these trying times.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Dec 15, 2020
Who were those Trumpists marching in Tokyo?
There were at least two demonstrations organized by Trump supporters in Tokyo last month. The question is who organized the events.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Dec 11, 2020
The expectations of Joe Biden's administration differ from country to country
The U.S., Japan and their allies must compete with China, not each other.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Dec 2, 2020
Wiser heads must prevail after killing of top Iranian nuclear scientist
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quick to blame Israel, describing the act as an indication of “desperate warmongering of perpetrators.”
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Nov 25, 2020
Is China a free trader or just a free rider?
On issues of market access for goods, if China wants to join CPTPP, it must negotiate from scratch with all 11 members.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Nov 18, 2020
Tokyo-Seoul morass awaits Biden White House
“To mend the relationship with Tokyo, it is imperative to have diplomatic negotiations,” South Korea's conservative daily Chosun-ilbo's editorial urged.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Nov 11, 2020
Reality show over as the world gets ready for a new U.S. president
Despite a wish to return to his version of internationalism and traditional alliances, Joe Biden may face many obstacles as he tries to advance his agenda.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Nov 5, 2020
2016 was Hillary Clinton's to lose. Who lost in 2020?
Can American voters really stop the degradation of U.S. politics? Probably not. Did they make the right decision on Nov. 3? Maybe.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Oct 27, 2020
Nine scenarios for the 2020 U.S. elections
Can U.S. voters really stop the degradation of their politics? Will they make the right decision on Nov. 3? There is not much that friends and foes can do about it now.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Oct 20, 2020
Suga in Vietnam: Talking about China without naming it
Vietnam is crucial to achieving Japan's vision for the Free and Open Indo-Pacific initiative.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Oct 15, 2020
Why did Suga choose Vietnam and Indonesia for his first official trip as prime minister?
Amid the election cycle and never-ending coronavirus pandemic, the best choice for a visit to the United States is not now.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Oct 7, 2020
The Quad Security Dialogue in Tokyo: Who will join next?
The four foreign ministers basically echoed each other's positions and agreed to meet regularly. The real question, however, is who, if any, will join the Quad next.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 29, 2020
What if U.S. forces return to Taiwan?
An ugly but strategically important debate recently erupted between China and the United States over Taiwan.

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The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan