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Tomoyuki Tachikawa
For Tomoyuki Tachikawa's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / FOCUS
Jun 17, 2019
With future economic payout in mind, ASEAN appears unwilling to get tough on North Korea
In the year that has passed since the historic first U.S.-North Korea nuclear summit in Singapore, ASEAN countries have become unwilling to get tough on the hermit state, with some eyeing economic benefits from Pyongyang in the future.
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Jun 3, 2019
As Abe awaits meeting with Kim, observers flag gaps on North Korea policy between U.S. and Tokyo
Japan's policy on North Korea is under growing scrutiny, particularly since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed willingness to hold a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "without conditions."
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / ANALYSIS
Mar 15, 2019
China's National People's Congress wraps up annual session amid clampdown on information
The annual session of China's parliament ended Friday with stronger information control and a consideration toward the United States, which has been putting pressure on Beijing to rectify its alleged unfair trade practices.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / ANALYSIS
Mar 1, 2019
Lack of progress at Trump-Kim summit will have mixed impact on China, South Korea and Japan
Little was accomplished, but top Japanese officials thought the U.S. “no deal” decision on North Korea was much better than conceding ground to the nuclear-armed hermit state.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 27, 2018
Could Japan shift away from the U.S. and toward China? No chance, government sources and experts say
Despite warming ties between Japan and China, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to its neighbor does not mean Tokyo is about to move away from Washington toward Beijing.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Oct 20, 2018
Trade war may put damper on China's goal of 'high-quality' growth
China's latest gross domestic product data underscore that it will struggle to achieve its goal of "high-quality" economic development against the backdrop of an intensifying trade war with the United States.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Aug 12, 2018
Ascending China seen trying to tap Japan to help challenge U.S. influence in region
Japan and China on Sunday marked the 40th anniversary of the signing of a treaty of peace and friendship between the two countries amid a period of warming ties and a changing dynamic in bilateral relations due to Beijing becoming a superpower.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Aug 6, 2018
Despite summits with Moon, Xi, and Trump, Kim Jong Un in no rush to meet Abe
While North Korea has held summits with the leaders of neighboring South Korea and China as well as the United States this year, Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un has shown no signs of wanting to meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe anytime soon.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Jun 3, 2018
Japan at a crossroads over 'pressure' policy toward North Korea as Trump cozies up to Kim
Japan has reached a turning point in deciding whether it will continue to advocate "pressure" on North Korea as its close ally, the United States, leans toward dialogue with Pyongyang.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
May 10, 2018
China seen succeeding in quest to boost Asia influence as positions shift on Korean Peninsula
Warming ties between Pyongyang and Washington and progress in denuclearization could reduce the U.S. military presence in South Korea, and prompt North Korea to open its market boosting China's economy.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Mar 20, 2018
Xi's stronger influence may change ASEAN policy toward Japan, diplomats say
Some diplomats in China have voiced concerns over President Xi Jinping's possible indefinite rule, warning that Beijing is set to adopt a tougher approach toward smaller Asian countries to expand its clout in the region.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 29, 2018
Outlook for Japan-China ties fragile as regional strategies slow thaw
The first visit to China by a Japanese foreign minister in two years has signaled a thaw in ties between Beijing and Tokyo amid continuing rows over territorial and historical issues, but some experts remain skeptical that relations will improve further, given the differences in regional strategies.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Nov 7, 2017
Abe's support for 'all options' on North Korea complicates efforts to bring abductees home
Abe has said rescuing citizens abducted by North Korea is a top priority, but a military option would inevitably jeopardize the abductees' lives.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 10, 2017
Koike's policies on foreign affairs and security receiving more scrutiny ahead of election
With Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike's newly established Kibo no To (Party of Hope) expected to become a major force in the House of Representatives after the Oct. 22 general election, her prospective foreign and security policies have begun to attract attention.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Sep 4, 2017
North Korea's provocations leave Japan, allies short on options
Japan is apparently stumped over how to deal with North Korea, which has carried out its sixth nuclear weapons test in defiance of international warnings.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
May 22, 2017
Abe's pursuit of 11-party TPP likely to benefit Japan
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's renewed pursuit of the Trans-Pacific Partnership may eventually benefit Japan as the likely accompanying trade expansion would provide a boost to Japan's economic growth.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
May 18, 2017
TPP enactment hangs in balance as 11-member ministers begin talks Sunday
Ministers from 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries are scheduled to gather Sunday in Hanoi, with Japan to push for the massive free trade pact to be put into force as soon as possible without the United States.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 22, 2017
Six years later, some workers at Fukushima nuclear plant say they can do without protective gear
A drop in radiation is giving workers at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant a taste of normality six years after its triple core meltdown.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 28, 2017
Despite failed inflation target, Kuroda could get new term as BOJ governor, analysts say
As the end of his current term approaches, Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda could be in line to be reappointed for another five years, according to some analysts.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / ANALYSIS
Mar 5, 2017
Options running out for Malaysia in Kim murder probe
Malaysia has reached a deadlock in its probe into the apparent assassination last month of the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

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