Christopher Condon
U.S. President Joe Biden disembarks from Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Friday.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 29, 2024
Inflation overshadows U.S. economic resilience, hurting Biden
The U.S. economy being resilient generated one major setback for President Joe Biden on his road to reelection: inflation.
The IMF has singled out the U.K. and Italy alongside the U.S. and China as nations that face serious fiscal risks as debt continues to creep upward.
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 18, 2024
U.S. and China debts pose risks for global public finances, IMF says
Public debt in China and the U.S. is projected to almost double by 2053, which could "have profound effects on the global economy," the IMF reports.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen visits the Guozijian Hutong Alley in Beijing on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 9, 2024
Yellen threatens sanctions for China banks that aid Russia war
America’s ultimate weapon against financial institutions is its ability to cut off access to U.S. dollars, a threat for any bank operating internationally.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen arrives to attend a meeting with university students at Beijing University National School on <i>Sunday</i>.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 8, 2024
Yellen advances U.S.-China ties despite tough criticism on exports
Yellen’s tough message hasn’t hurt progress made between the two sides.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen
WORLD / Politics
Sep 20, 2023
Janet Yellen defends climate progress as critics push harder
The U.S. Treasury chief has made climate change a top priority. For some that’s a great relief. For others, it’s a distinction that’s too easy to claim.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at an event in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Aug 11, 2023
New U.S. rules on China investments fail to offer clear guidance
The Treasury Department’s 46-page notice released alongside the order includes at least 80 separate questions about how it should structure the program.
People buy food at stalls promoting China's digital yuan, or e-CNY, during the 2022 China International Fair for Trade in Services in Beijing in September 2022.
BUSINESS / Markets
Aug 10, 2023
With blockchain 'bridge', China challenges U.S. dollar dominance
A Beijing-backed digital prototype for sending money around the world without relying on U.S. banks is advancing quickly.
Japan Times
Aug 9, 2022
Biden gets big economic win as inflation threatens legacy
The success of the Inflation Reduction Act will give Democrats a rallying cry for midterm elections.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Jul 19, 2022
Janet Yellen touts ‘friend-shoring’ as global supply chain fix
Yellen called on 'trusted” U.S. allies to strengthen trade relationships disrupted by the pandemic, the war in Ukraine and threatened longer term by a reliance on China.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jul 12, 2022
Japan and U.S. finance chiefs agree on volatile forex risk
The pair also welcomed last month's statement from Group of Seven leaders promising to explore a potential price cap on Russian oil exports.
Japan Times
Dec 16, 2021
Jerome Powell declares inflation big threat as Fed signals rate hikes
In an abrupt shift, the Fed sped up the drawdown of its asset-purchase program and laid out a plan for a series of interest-rate increases over the coming years.
Reader Mail
Jun 15, 2008
Fed up with commute interruptions
Again, after a lightening strike on the main signal box at Mitaka, all of the Chuo Line came to a halt early last week. A few months ago, a fire at the same Mitaka signal box caused a suspension of Chuo Line operations for more than seven hours, making it nearly impossible for many people living near...


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