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Brian Platt
For Brian Platt's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, testifies before a foreign interference inquiry in Ottawa on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 11, 2024
Trudeau rejects claim China meddled to try to help his election
Canada's prime minister said he believes the elections were "held in their integrity."
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Minister Melanie Joly during an event in Ottawa on Wednesday.
WORLD
Oct 21, 2023
Trudeau says many countries worried after India ousts Canada envoys
The diplomatic row is the latest escalation since Trudeau accused India of helping to orchestrate the killing of a Sikh separatist in Canada.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 22, 2023
G7 struggles to win over nations courted by China and Russia
Tangible progress was hard to see for the Group of Seven wealthy nations, even though some Western officials said the bloc was heading in the right direction compared with years past.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
May 9, 2023
Canada expels Chinese diplomat, risking retaliation in feud
A leaked Canadian intelligence document reportedly said Zhao Wei was looking into penalizing Conservative lawmaker Michael Chong over his hard-line positions on the Beijing government.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Mar 7, 2023
Trudeau orders review of alleged Chinese election interference
A series of media reports in recent weeks said Trudeau received intelligence briefings alleging that China meddled in past votes that returned the prime minister to power.
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 28, 2022
‘Disruptive’ China prompts Canadian tilt toward Indo-Pacific region
Canada is set to spend on more navy patrols in the region, better intelligence and cybersecurity measures, and increased cooperation with regional partners in the East and South China Seas
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Feb 15, 2022
Canada PM Trudeau enlists banks to help stop protests in emergency move
In a bid to stop the protests, the Canadian prime minister invoked rarely used emergency powers to choke off the flow of money to demonstrators.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 9, 2022
How blocking one bridge shut down a quarter of U.S.-Canada trade
The Ambassador Bridge carries about a quarter of the total goods going back and forth between the two countries.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 8, 2022
Canada PM Trudeau blasts protest with key bridge shut
The Ambassador Bridge, the most important land crossing for goods between Canada and the U.S., was shut down in both directions late Monday.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 30, 2022
Trucker vaccine rule brings polarizing protest to Canada’s capital
A convoy of truckers and others who oppose vaccine mandates has rolled into Ottawa for a weekend of rowdy protests.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on