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Tomoyuki Tachikawa
For Tomoyuki Tachikawa's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida faces reporters at the Prime Minister's Office on Sunday.
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Jan 8, 2024
LDP lawmaker arrest further blurs Japan PM's fate
Yoshitaka Ikeda became the first lawmaker arrested in the latest political fundraising scandal involving the LDP's largest faction.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the Group of 20 summit in New Delhi on Saturday
JAPAN
Sep 11, 2023
G20 ends summit, with Japan explaining safety of Fukushima release
Japan says the water release is safe, noting that the IAEA has concluded that the impact on the environment will be "negligible."
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Jakarka on Thursday
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 10, 2023
Kishida may seek conservative support by reshuffling Cabinet
If Kishida can garner the backing of conservatives, he might be confident in calling a snap election later this year.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Jul 1, 2023
Kishida's attempt to realize North Korea summit seen as a long shot
Some lawmakers have suggested that Kishida"s intention behind this diplomatic initiative is to strengthen his chances of winning the next Lower House election.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
May 4, 2023
As 'sherpa,' top envoy Keiichi Ono will play key role in G7 summit success
During the Hiroshima summit, only the G7 heads of state or government and their sherpas will be allowed to enter the meeting room — making the role one with crucial responsibilities.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Feb 26, 2023
Calls grow for G7 chair Japan to focus on issues other than Ukraine
Tokyo faces growing expectations from other members and international organizations to increase focus on other global issues by leveraging its strengths in nonmilitary areas.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Nov 17, 2022
Kishida fails to achieve diplomatic aims at G20 summit
Within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, there were hopes that Kishida's experience in the foreign-policy field would help him in his bid to shore up his administration.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 15, 2022
Japan pledges yen loans to Indonesia for transportation infrastructure
Kishida's announcement came as Japan has been trying to thwart China's apparent efforts to bolster its economic and military clout in the Asia-Pacific.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Nov 12, 2022
Kishida fires minister but damage already done to fragile government
Some lawmakers in the prime minister's own party have bashed him for failing to swiftly replace his justice chief, calling into question his leadership abilities.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 27, 2022
Rising Sino-U.S. tensions may prompt Japan to review its China policy
Calls are growing for the Kishida administration to reinforce the country's alliance with the United States in a bid to counter China and ensure peace and stability.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Oct 12, 2022
Japan's lifting of COVID-19 entry cap may keep citizens wearing masks
Some fear that the first inflow of visa-free foreign travelers in more than two years could increase the spread of infections at home.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Oct 8, 2022
Nepotism claims are latest setback for embattled Kishida
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's decision to hand a key government post to his oldest son has prompted outrage from the opposition and raised eyebrows even in his own party.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Sep 25, 2022
As state funeral looms, critics assail Abe's legacy on democracy
As prime minister, Abe was mired in scandals and oversaw the creation of a system that critics say gave him an authoritarian-like command over politics, eroding democracy in Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Sep 17, 2022
North Korean abductions issue still unresolved, 20 years after deal with Japan
There are no signs that Tokyo can resolve the long-standing issue of North Korea's abductions of Japanese nationals, two decades since the signing of the landmark Pyongyang Declaration.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Sep 11, 2022
Japan marks a decade since nationalization of Senkakus with wary eye toward China threat
Tensions remain high with China some 10 years after the Japanese government nationalized the Senkaku Islands.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 21, 2022
Japanese firms more reluctant to invest in China amid 'COVID zero' policy
Lockdowns in major cities, which have disrupted domestic supply chains, have prevented some Japanese firms from mapping out their business strategies.
Japan Times
JAPAN / ANALYSIS
Jun 1, 2022
China's push for Pacific island diplomacy likely to test ties with Japan
If Tokyo and Beijing vie more intensely to pursue their interests in the region, security instability in East Asia could increase to a dangerous level, experts say.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / FOCUS
Apr 2, 2022
China's 'COVID zero' and yuan's rise versus yen add pressure on Japan's economy
With energy and commodity prices increasing globally as the Ukraine war rages, resource-poor Japan might experience "bad inflation" u2014 a combination of an economic downturn and higher costs.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Mar 11, 2022
China may cozy up to Japan to beat slump, but Tokyo unlikely to reciprocate
China has refrained from making policy decisions provoking its neighbors, such as Japan, while avoiding expressing clear support for Russia's attack on Ukraine.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Feb 14, 2022
Japan and South Korea hold mixed views about China hosting the Beijing Olympics
While the Winter Olympics seem to have created opportunities for Japan and China to develop closer ties, the same cannot be said of relations between China and South Korea.

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