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Minxin Pei
For Minxin Pei's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 18, 2013
Bo Xilai trial exposes truth about China's system
If Chinese leaders hope that the Bo Xilai trial will put an end to the most sordid political scandal since the death of Mao Zedong, they are wrong. The case will dog the party.
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 1, 2012
Five myths about China's power
As China gains on the world's most advanced economies, the country excites fascination as well as fear, particularly in the United States, where many worry that China will supplant America as the 21st century's superpower. Many ask how China has grown so much so fast, whether the Communist Party can stay in power and what Beijing's expanding global influence means for the rest of us. But to understand China's new role on the world stage, it helps to rethink several misconceptions that dominate Western thinking.

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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