Andreas Kluth
For Andreas Kluth's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
A law making its way through the U.S. Congress would authorize the confiscation of billions of dollars in frozen assets owned by the Russian central bank, that would then be handed over to Ukraine as compensation for the war.
Jan 24, 2024
Seizing Russia's central bank funds is illegal and unwise
A big question about giving Ukraine seized Russian funds is would such an asset grab break international law?
The International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands
Nov 26, 2023
International law, warts and all, is still better than no law
However imperfect, international law makes life for many people less nasty, brutish and short than it would otherwise be
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield addresses an emergency session on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the United Nations headquarters on Oct. 27.
Nov 3, 2023
Where’s the United Nations in all this? Oh, right, nowhere.
In times of crisis, the United Nations turns into a Babel in which everybody distrusts everybody else and finding common ground becomes impossible.
A demonstration in support of Ukraine in Tel Aviv in March 2022
Oct 13, 2023
Israel and Ukraine are linked, and the U.S. must stand with both
Ukraine and Israel are at the forefront of the battle between freedom and tyranny.
Israeli soldiers examine the remains of a police station where a battle took place following a mass infiltration by Hamas gunmen from the Gaza Strip in Sderot, Israel, on Sunday.
Oct 8, 2023
Hamas torches Biden’s deal to remake the Middle East
In a surprise attack, Hamas fired thousands of rockets from Gaza into Israel, killing dozens and and leaving some areas looking like war-torn Ukraine.
Ukrainian and Russian forces fight for control of the city of Bakhmut in May. Elon Musk asked why so many American lawmakers care more about what happens in Ukraine than the migrant crisis at the U.S. border.
Oct 4, 2023
Message for Elon: We must keep supporting Ukraine
Elon Musk asked, "Why do so many American politicians from both parties care 100 times more about the Ukraine border than the USA border?”
Supporters of Niger's National Council of Safeguard of the Homeland wave a flag of the private Wagner military company during a protest near the capital Niamey on Sept. 16.
Sep 30, 2023
If the U.S. exits Niger, the terrorists and Russians win
What transpired in Niamey was obviously a coup. Nonetheless, the U.S. has global responsibilities that require it to stay in Niger.
A makeshift memorial in Moscow for Wagner mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin who is presumed to have died in private plane crash earlier in the week
Aug 26, 2023
If Prigozhin is gone, where does that leave Wagner?
What’s been said about President Vladimir Putin’s reign can also be applied to Prigozhin’s Wagner Group: "Nothing is true and everything is possible.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has since the start of the Ukraine invasion destroyed the norms that developed during the Cold War to prevent a nuclear arms race or the eventual use of such weapons.
Aug 14, 2023
Russia outnumbers the U.S. 10-to-1 in tactical nukes. Now what?
Never mind that Vladimir Putin is breaking all nuclear taboos and China is beefing up its arsenal. U.S. nuclear doctrine is still fundamentally sound.
Ukrainian Olga Kharlan (left) and Russian Anna Smirnova compete during the women's sabre senior individual qualifiers at the FIE Fencing World Championships in Milan on Thursday.
Jul 30, 2023
Don't ask Ukrainian athletes to shake hands with Russians
In fencing and tennis as in life, responsibility is individual, not collective. All the more reason why Olga Kharlan did the right thing.
Japan Times
Jun 25, 2023
The West must offer the 'Global South' a new deal
Countries in Africa, Asia and South America should support Ukraine against Putin. But the West could help by being less hypocritical.
Japan Times
Jun 7, 2023
Russia’s dam-busting is another war crime
Are dams fair game in warfare? Nuclear power plants? It’s not as if Vladimir Putin would care.
Japan Times
Jun 4, 2023
The existential question about Putin’s mercenary boss
Why does Russian President Vladimir Putin tolerate Yevgeny Prigozhin, the uppity boss of the private army called Wagner?
Japan Times
May 28, 2023
Should Ukraine take the war into Russia?
The better way to fight Vladimir Putin is to divide Russian forces inside Ukraine and cut off Crimea.
Japan Times
May 21, 2023
The International Space Station is a model for a better world
As the Russians just reminded us, the science lab in the sky run by them, the Americans and others is the alternative to nationalism and war.
Japan Times
May 12, 2023
The danger in hyping Ukraine’s spring offensive
Western governments should not base their support for Kyiv on the outcome of the expected offensive, but rather on the long-term strategic and moral stakes of the war.
Japan Times
May 4, 2023
Why Europe can’t solve its mass migration problem
The arc of human misery on its doorsteps is made worse by evil people like Russia"s Yevgeny Prigozhin and his Wagner Group.
Japan Times
Apr 18, 2023
Ukraine’s spring offensive just got harder
The bad news for Ukraine is that U.S. spies doubt Kyiv’s military and the Western alliance is fractious. The good news is that Ukrainians have the stomach to fight.
Japan Times
Mar 31, 2023
NATO’s 2% guideline is stupid but needed
If the North Atlantic Treaty Organization had no free riders, it could do without dumb rules like the 2% of GDP spending guideline. But it does.
Japan Times
Mar 22, 2023
We may never get the truth about Nord Stream or a COVID lab leak
War and plague are ideal breeding grounds for unsolvable mysteries and conspiracy theories such as the Nord Stream bombing or a COVID-19 lab leak.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves