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Tomoyuki Tachikawa
For Tomoyuki Tachikawa's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
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.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / FOCUS
Jan 17, 2022
'Zero COVID' and Xi's ambitions may slow China's economy in 2022
China's economy could slow ahead of the ruling Communist Party's twice-a-decade congress this fall as President Xi Jinping's coronavirus policies and socialist ambitions take their toll.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 6, 2022
China's COVID-19 policy keeps Japanese families apart ahead of Olympics
Under strict anti-virus measures, family members of workers have been unable to join their partners and parents in the country.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / FOCUS
Jan 3, 2022
Growing China-U.S. tensions may jeopardize security in East Asia in 2022
While China is expected to intensify provocations against Taiwan, U.S.-North Korea talks on denuclearization are almost certain to make no headway.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Nov 17, 2021
China's Communist Party revises history to glorify Xi
A pivotal resolution on China's modern history — the first such declaration in 40 years — touted Xi's accomplishments but downplayed events such as the Tiananmen Square massacre.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Nov 3, 2021
Xi's 'common prosperity' goal may make Japan loath to invest in China
Some Japanese say they have been disappointed with the policy, which might stifle spending and investment by wealthy Chinese and in turn hamper the nation's economic expansion.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / FOCUS
Oct 25, 2021
Japan's pick for new economic security post raises eyebrows in China
Any push by new minister Takayuki Kobayashi to forge closer ties with Taiwan as part of attempts to better safeguard Japan's economic security interests could prompt retaliation by Beijing.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Oct 19, 2021
Power shortages a bigger concern for Japan firms in China, not Evergrande
If industrial production becomes sluggish amid the power shortfall, Japanese firms will struggle to buy the components they need and have to trim planned output, eroding their profits.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Jul 3, 2021
Chinese nationals concerned about country's image among Japanese
Ordinary citizens have expressed concerns that the Communist Party has ruined the image of the nation and hindered personal relationships with Japanese people.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 29, 2021
China boosts power of maritime authorities, fanning tensions
The legislation will enable China's maritime safety agency, which belongs to the transportation ministry, to order foreign vessels to leave what the nation claims as its territorial waters.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Mar 21, 2021
Sino-Japanese ties headed for rough waters after raucous U.S.-China talks
Tokyo faces a dilemma on how to get along with its powerful but crucial neighbor as fears grow of a 'new Cold War' between Beijing and the United States.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Mar 12, 2021
China's Xi lays groundwork for third term, amid mixed messages for Japan
At its National People's Congress, Beijing pledged to make China the world's biggest economy by 2035, in a move that hints at the president's continued ambition.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Feb 11, 2021
China's 'zero corona' policy frustrates Japanese nationals in Beijing
Strict quarantine measures for anyone traveling outside China make home visits incompatible with work demands, while the well-being of family in Japan remains a concern.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / FOCUS
Jan 19, 2021
Digital lead over Japan set to widen as China shrugs off virus
Fears are mounting that Japan will fall further behind the world's second-largest economy — perhaps the only major country to have achieved growth in 2020.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Oct 30, 2020
Japanese firms may face rocky road ahead with China’s new policies
Japanese firms have complained about China's environmental policies, saying they are too strict to obey.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 24, 2020
China's ambition to involve Hong Kong in economic zone creates ripple
The planned zone would include Macau and a clutch of mainland cities as well as the territory.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Sep 15, 2020
North Korea’s virus and economic woes may open door to Suga-Kim meeting
Kim Jong Un could extend an olive branch to Japan to receive aid to rebuild North Korea's stagnant economy.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Sep 9, 2020
China expects warm ties to continue under Japan's next PM, sources say
Beijing has voiced a willingness to maintain relatively amicable ties with Tokyo, at a time when its relationship with Washington has grown increasingly acrimonious.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Aug 21, 2020
Fears grow that China may use U.S. debt as weapon amid trade friction
Large-scale sales of U.S. dollar-denominated assets would also trigger depreciation of the dollar against the yen, hitting Japanese exports.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Aug 16, 2020
Arrest of Hong Kong's 'Goddess of Democracy' may complicate Japan-China ties
Detention of popular protest leader throws rights issues into the spotlight, threatening to further exacerbate tensions between Beijing and Tokyo.

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