Yoshiyuki Sagara
For Yoshiyuki Sagara's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Flags fly at Union Station in Washington on June 27. With the U.S. presidential election approaching, caution is being urged over the widespread proliferation of propaganda.
COMMENTARY / World / Geoeconomic Briefing
Feb 13, 2024
The battle to tackle U.S. election propaganda heats up
The race is set to become more and more intense amid increased political polarization and pluralistic values.
Palestinians fleeing northern Gaza move southward as trucks carrying aid and fuel head toward north Gaza during a temporary truce between Israel and Hamas, near Gaza City on Nov. 27.
COMMENTARY / World / Geoeconomic Briefing
Jan 16, 2024
What the Hamas-Israel 'humanitarian pause' really meant
While many civilians have been victimized in the conflict, other countries have been at odds over calls for a break in the conflict.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan / Geoeconomic Briefing
Feb 21, 2023
Why pharmaceuticals are a key issue in the ongoing U.S.-China conflict
Beijing has control over the chokepoints — active pharmaceutical ingredients and raw materials — of pharmaceutical supply chains.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World / Geoeconomic Briefing
Mar 1, 2022
The Beijing Games — the start of the end of China’s ‘COVID zero’ policy?
With its strict restrictions on peopleu2019s movements, the country has faced a critical test in staging the Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan / Geoeconomic Briefing
Jan 20, 2022
Japan needs radical change to achieve health security
Health crises, such as the ongoing pandemic, are a national security threat just like major disasters and armed attacks, and preparation is vital.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan / Geoeconomic Briefing
Jul 15, 2021
How Japan can help tackle East Asia's coronavirus surge
By donating vaccines and sharing knowledge, Tokyo has a role to play in leading the region out of the pandemic.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World / Geoeconomic Briefing
Jun 11, 2021
Robust vaccine supply chain is key to ending the pandemic
Japan has a part to play in preventing the spread of infections and stopping the coronavirus from mutating.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World / Perspectives
Apr 4, 2021
China sets sights on a digital currency to challenge the U.S. dollar
China has taken the lead in becoming a cashless society.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan / Geoeconomic Briefing
Mar 23, 2021
Japan needs a stronger crisis review system
Involving think tanks and holding 10-year evaluations, the country will be better equipped to face disasters and pandemics in the future.
Japan Times
Feb 12, 2021
Think tank API critiques Japan's COVID policies under Abe, Suga
Within a year, the Japanese government has issued two states of emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic under two prime ministers: Shinzo Abe and then Yoshihide Suga. When the Abe administration lifted the state of emergency last May, Abe attributed Japan’s success in keeping infections and deaths lower than in other major industrialized countries to what he called the “Japan model” of dealing with the crisis. The “Japan model” can properly be declared a model only if its efforts to bring infections under control and stabilize the economy work simultaneously. In consideration of this, during the first half of 2020, what effects did Japan’s countermeasures bring about? Which policies did not work? What remains uncertain?
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World / Geoeconomic Briefing
Feb 7, 2021
What is needed to bring back freedom of movement
As Japan struggles to find a way to resume normal life and international travel, a lesson could be learned from Taiwan's approach.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World / Geoeconomic Briefing
Sep 1, 2020
How to reopen national borders
As the coronavirus pandemic rumbles on, countries are now looking at how to allow travel in a bid to help their economies recover.
Apr 4, 2011
Russian alienation and the cost of freedom
MOSCOW — The Russian government, with its solid hold on power, has invariably gotten away with poor performance, inefficiency, corruption and widespread violation of political rights and civil liberties.
Jan 27, 2011
Facing the specter of famine
SINGAPORE — In India, a potentially huge economic and social crisis is in the making, involving extensive rewriting of recipe books to exclude a favorite ingredient. Onions are in short supply and their prices have risen by 80 percent, too expensive for many Indians to afford as part of their daily diet. India's food inflation is 20 percent.


At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation