Iain Marlow
For Iain Marlow's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the North Korean Ministry of National Defense on the occasion of the 76th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army, in Pyongyang in this picture released on Feb. 9.
Feb 14, 2024
North Korean arms trade is China’s problem too: U.S. official
Jung Pak's comments reflect long-running frustration in Washington over China’s unwillingness to help influence Pyongyang’s behavior.
Houthi tribesmen gather to show defiance after U.S. and U.K. airstrikes on Houthi positions near Sanaa, Yemen, on Sunday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 5, 2024
U.S. promises more Mideast strikes while trying to avert wider war
Officials framed the U.S. strikes as a necessary and inevitable response to the killing of three U.S. soldiers in a drone strike in Jordan a week ago.
An Israeli mobile artillery unit fires toward Gaza on Thursday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his war Cabinet have been under increasing pressure to bring home the hostages taken by Hamas on Oct. 7.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 2, 2024
Gaza cease-fire negotiations advance as Israel-Hamas war grinds on
While talks are still in the early stages, sources said the proposal had a realistic chance of success and could lead to a longer-term cease-fire.
William Burns
WORLD / Politics
Jan 27, 2024
U.S. aims to use Israel-Hamas deal to open wider peace talks
CIA chief William Burns, who helped reach a previous deal to release Israeli hostages in the Gaza Strip, is set to join fresh talks in the coming days.
Military cadets salute during a military funeral procession for Houthi fighters killed in recent U.S.-led strikes on Houthi targets, in Sanaa, Yemen, on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 21, 2024
U.S. now pursuing ‘least bad’ option in confronting Houthis
Analysts and the Houthis themselves have said that the airstrikes won’t stop them — especially if the U.S. refuses to target the group’s main backer, Iran.
Iraqi security forces' stationed in Baghdad's Tahrir Square following U.S. air strikes on Tuesday
Dec 27, 2023
Houthi attacks and U.S. strikes raise risk of wider Middle East war
The number of nonstate groups and the unpredictability of actions by Israel and Iran makes it difficult to forecast when incidents might escalate.
Newly recruited Houthi fighters march during a parade in Sanaa, Yemen, on Dec. 2.   REUTERS
Dec 14, 2023
U.S. working with allies to stop Houthi Red Sea attacks
The Houthis — based in Yemen and backed by Iran — vowed to target Israel’s assets until it abandons its campaign to destroy Hamas.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken returns to Amman, Jordan, early Tuesday after overnight negotiations in Tel Aviv with Israeli officials, including Benjamin Netanyahu.
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Oct 17, 2023
U.S. whirlwind Israel diplomacy hits hard Middle East realities
The top U.S. diplomat's flurry of travel to Arab capitals appears to have resulted in little beyond President Joe Biden's planned visit to Israel.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump in a courtroom during proceedings for his civil fraud trial in New York on Wednesday.
Oct 7, 2023
The key nuclear secrets Trump allegedly leaked
Trump gave key details on the U.S. Navy’s elite submarine fleet to an Australian billionaire, according to reports.
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks
WORLD / Politics
Oct 6, 2023
China’s aggression pushes others toward U.S., top official says
Pentagon official cited cooperation with the Philippines, South Korea, Japan, and the AUKUS alliance
A visitor looks at portraits of former United Nations Secretaries-General at U.N. headquarters ahead of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday.
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Sep 17, 2023
World disappointed by the U.N. now looks elsewhere for answers
If the body's strongest members keep resisting reform, the Global South may have no choice but to seek new options, including those offered by China.
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken before a meeting in Kyiv on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Sep 7, 2023
Blinken vows to give Ukraine what it needs for offensive
Blinken's visit comes as Zelenskyy has escalated a crackdown on corruption, which remains a major concern for allies.
A market in Kolkata, India. Developing nations are demanding control of their resources, in part by insisting on factories in their own countries.
BUSINESS / Economy
Aug 8, 2023
The Global South breaks away from the U.S.-led world order
Developing nations are demanding control over their resources and reordering relationship that date back to colonial times.
Japan Times
Jun 20, 2023
Caution in Washington and Beijing after Blinken’s trip achieves limited results
The most positive outcome of the visit by the top U.S. diplomat was the pledge to keep talking, but Washington didn’t get the one thing it really wanted.
Japan Times
Jun 16, 2023
F-16 planes will send a message to Putin: NATO support isn’t waning
By providing some of the most sophisticated and expensive weapons to date, Kyiv’s backers will tie Ukraine’s military more closely than ever to the bloc.
Japan Times
Jun 10, 2023
Documents in Trump indictment were among nation’s most closely guarded
The fresh revelations will unsettle allied nations that share such classified information with the U.S., experts said.
Japan Times
May 5, 2023
U.S. can’t use Philippine bases for China offensive, Marcos says
The statement comes as the Southeast Asian nation continues to balance strengthening American defense ties with increasing pressure from Beijing.
Japan Times
May 3, 2023
India given ‘free pass’ on democratic back steps amid U.S. rivalry with China
Behind closed doors, U.S. officials are troubled by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pressure on religious minorities and the media, and his party’s targeting of opposition lawmakers.
Japan Times
Mar 23, 2023
Washington fears a war-weary world may embrace China’s Ukraine peace bid
The proposal has provoked a sense of unease within the administration of President Joe Biden, leading in turn to questions about the broader U.S. approach to both Russia and China.
Japan Times
Feb 24, 2023
U.S. to bolster its small force on Taiwan in a signal to China
The U.S. military presence in Taiwan will grow to between 100 and 200 troops, up from about 30 a year ago.


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