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Ted Gover
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 9, 2021
Amid setbacks, Prime Minister Suga had successes too
While Suga will be remembered most for his handling of COVID-19, his time in office also included actions that saw important policy outcomes during a period of severe challenges.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Sep 17, 2019
A silver lining in the North Korea nuclear impasse?
The impasse may be an opportunity for both Washington and Tokyo to establish an alternative form of diplomatic relations with the North.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jun 30, 2019
Security imperatives trump 'fair deals' in Japan-U.S. alliance
By hosting U.S. forces, Japan helps deter adversaries and serves as a key launching point for U.S. operations in the Indo-Pacific region.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Sep 19, 2018
Abe should strike while the iron's hot on revising Article 9
At the height of his political power, now is an opportune time for Abe to attempt constitutional revision.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jun 6, 2018
2018's rough start shows key economic reforms still needed
Japan's path back to a healthy economic footing will involve taking painful steps and the efforts of successive generations
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Apr 25, 2018
Amid lingering tensions, signs of possible Japan-China collaboration
Difficulties still abound in bilateral relations, but events of late may move Tokyo and Beijing toward increased cooperation.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Mar 27, 2018
Abe's right — it's time to codify the SDF
The importance of providing legal clarity to decision-makers — especially during times of crisis — cannot be overstated.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 5, 2017
Trump and Moon must work together
Last week's summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in demonstrated a shared commitment to ridding Pyongyang of its nuclear weapons and ending its missile program.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
May 15, 2017
What can China do about North Korea?
It remains improbable at best that Beijing will see it in its interests to oblige North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to change course
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 4, 2017
Sage foreign policy advice for Washington
The isolationist bent of the Trump administration is particularly ill-timed given Asia's looming security challenges.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 17, 2017
Keep human rights a part of U.S.' Asia policy
Human rights must not fall through the cracks among America's efforts in Asia under the Trump regime.
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 30, 2016
What Japan, Asia should hear from President Trump
Given U.S. interests in Asia during a time of increasing tension, it is vital that the Trump administration show where it stands on key economic and defense issues affecting Tokyo and the broader region.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 2, 2016
What Duterte's 'separation' teaches America
The next U.S. president will need to commit to a decades-long 'surge' of new strategic thinking, diplomacy as well as military and commercial presence in the Asia-Pacific if it is to maintain its stabilizing influence in the region.
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 24, 2000
Americans hold positive view of Japan
An important new poll on U.S. attitudes toward Japan's wartime past will please neither those who feel that Japan has not done enough to atone nor those who believe that Japan has done all it needs to do. Using a sample of 1,000 registered voters in California, the survey by Pacific Research & Strategies...

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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