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Yoichiro Sato
For Yoichiro Sato's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Apr 7, 2021
Japan could leverage ODA to broker Myanmar peace
Japan's economic weight and diplomatic trust in Myanmar should be wisely leveraged in order both to dissuade the military from invoking further violence.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Oct 18, 2020
Now is a good time for Japan to re-focus on quality infrastructure lending in the Indo-Pacific
Tokyo must promote both the quality of output from the increasing number of new infrastructure initiatives it is signing and re-approach some of the older projects.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jul 1, 2020
Missile defense in Japan after the Aegis Ashore cancellation
Defense Minister Taro Kono's announcement has opened a Pandora's box of politically tough questions.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Apr 14, 2020
Will Abe’s conservative nostalgia beat COVID-19?
The prime minister is counting on the nation's young people to do the right thing.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Nov 8, 2019
Compromising free trade to save free trade
The RCEP has the potential to be the world's largest free trade area.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Oct 11, 2019
The consumption tax hike delays painful spending reforms
Kicking the can down the road on social security reform should not be a policy option.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Sep 24, 2019
U.S. beef finds its way back to Japan
The anticipated bilateral trade agreement between Japan and the U.S. grossly favors the latter compared to the would-be agreement under the TPP.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 17, 2019
Japan's 'trilemma' in the Strait of Hormuz
Should Japan take part in another U.S.-led 'coalition of the willing'?
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
May 22, 2019
Negotiating 'America First' trade with Trump
The current calm in Japan-U.S. trade talks may quickly turn into a small storm.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Apr 8, 2019
Reinvigorating Japan's twin-track diplomacy in Cambodia
A visit to Japan by 10 young politics-oriented Cambodians indicates that Tokyo is working outside the international media limelight to engage with both the opposition and the ruling party through its traditional twin-track diplomacy.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jan 28, 2019
Wanted: a strategic dialogue with Pacific island countries
Japan needs to build a deeper relation of trust with Pacific island countries if it wants them to support its regional strategy.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Dec 25, 2018
Exiting the IWC — a whale of a decision?
Japan pulling out of the International Whaling Commission is going to have some interesting results.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Nov 6, 2018
How should Abe respond to America's INF treaty pullout?
The implications for Japan of the U.S. withdrawal from the INF treaty are complex and still unclear.
COMMENTARY / World / GUEST FORUM
Jun 7, 2001
Japan's efforts to responsibly manage southern bluefin tuna resources bear fruit
HONOLULU-- Australia, New Zealand, and Japan recently agreed to jointly launch an experimental fishing program for southern bluefin tuna. Quotas for southern bluefin tuna, along with Japan's unilateral experimental fishing programs, have been sources of diplomatic contention among the three countries. Joint research will improve scientific understanding of tuna stocks and increase cooperative efforts to reduce tuna catches by countries that do not abide by international management rules.

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Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?