Matthew WALSH
For Matthew WALSH's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Fans wave Chinese national flags during an international friendly match between China and Syria, in Chengdu, China, in 2023.
Mar 26, 2024
Former China soccer chief given life sentence for 'huge' bribery
Chen Xuyuan took advantage of his positions to accept sums totaling 81.03 million yuan, reports said.
Chinese tourists watch the North Korean border on the Yalu river in the Chinese border town of Dandong, in China's northeastern Liaoning province.
Oct 2, 2023
China's gateway to North Korea waits in vain for border opening
The bustling northeastern city of Dandong offers a window into isolated North Korea.
A woman wears traditional Uyghur clothing for a photo shoot in the Old Kashgar tourist area in China's northwestern Xinjiang region.
Sep 6, 2023
State-backed tourism booms in China's troubled Xinjiang
Kashgar, once an ancient Silk Road oasis, was recently on the front lines of Beijing's sweeping anti-terrorism campaign in the northwestern region.
Japan Times
May 29, 2023
Chinese comedy group's punishment sends chills through arts sphere
The swift retribution meted out represents 'a sad, new low' in Chinese official tolerance for unorthodox speech under leader Xi Jinping, observers have said.
Japan Times
Dec 29, 2022
U.S. to impose China COVID testing as virus surge jangles global nerves
Beijing's sudden abandonment of tough measures to contain the coronavirus — and surge in virus cases — has caused jitters around the world.
Japan Times
Nov 10, 2022
U.S.-China rivalry clouds Beijing's climate promises at U.N. summit
Cooperation between the world's two largest economies and carbon polluters has been central to rare breakthroughs in the nearly 30-year saga of U.N. climate talks.
Japan Times
Oct 6, 2022
'COVID zero' key to Xi legacy as leader prepares for third term
His zero-tolerance approach to COVID-19 has become synonymous with the efforts to cement his authority over China and its ruling Communist Party.
Japan Times
Oct 4, 2022
Xi's 'Chinese Dream' flickers in one Beijing neighborhood
As Xi prepares for the Communist Party to anoint him for an unprecedented third term in office, some say the dream is losing definition.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel / A Weekend In
May 3, 2019
A Weekend in Shanghai: With so much on offer, where do you begin?
Not sure what to see, eat and do while in Shanghai? Then read our guide to a Weekend in Shanghai. The city offers pockets of tranquility backed up with charmingly dressed-down neighborhoods, awe-inspiring architecture and some of the best food in Asia, making it a fantastic weekend getaway from Japan.


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