David E. Sanger
For David E. Sanger's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Chinese leader Xi Jinping during the final session of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in San Francisco on Friday
Nov 18, 2023
A rare opportunity to see China’s leader up close and (sort of) personal
President Xi Jinping of China is one of the most self-contained Chinese leaders in decades, who reveals next to nothing about his personal life.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei  speaks before an audience in Tehran on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 28, 2023
U.S. airstrikes send twin messages to Iran, American officials say
The airstrikes were the latest gamble by the United States to modify Iran’s behavior, few of which have worked in the past.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting near Moscow on Saturday.
Oct 8, 2023
On Russian nuclear threat, Putin lets others rattle the saber
While hard-liners voice provocative proposals about nukes, Putin presents himself as a moderating force — while never taking the option off the table.
The rubble of a home in Lahaina, on the Hawaiian island of Maui, on Aug. 16
Sep 14, 2023
China sows disinformation about Hawaii fires using new techniques
False posts carrying images apparently made using artificial intelligence put China among the first to have used these tools in such a campaign.
An American F-15 jet takes off from Anderson Air Force Base in Guam earlier this year. The U.S. is hunting for malicious computer code it believes China has hidden deep inside the networks controlling power grids, communications systems and water supplies that feed military bases in the United States and around the world.
Jul 30, 2023
U.S. hunts Chinese malware amid military disruption fears
The U.S. believes the malware could give China the power to disrupt or slow military deployments or resupply operations.
Japan Times
Jul 7, 2023
Biden weighs giving Ukraine weapons banned by many U.S. allies
Ukraine is seeking cluster munitions, which are known to cause grievous injuries to civilians, as its ammunition supply runs low.
Japan Times
May 6, 2023
The next fear on AI: Hollywood’s killer robots become the military’s tools
U.S. national security officials are warning about the potential for the new technology to upend war, cyber conflict and — in the most extreme case — the use of nuclear weapons.
Japan Times
Apr 23, 2023
Three nuclear superpowers, rather than two, usher in a new strategic era
China is on track to massively expand its nuclear arsenal, just as Russia suspends the last major arms control treaty.
Japan Times
Apr 10, 2023
How the latest leaked U.S. documents are different from past breaches
The freshness of the documents — some appear to be barely 40 days old — and the hints they hold for operations to come make them particularly damaging, officials say.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Feb 21, 2023
In Biden’s unannounced visit to Kyiv, a preview of an increasingly direct contest with Putin
The vastly different world views of U.S. President Biden and President Vladimir Putin of Russia will become vividly apparent in a rare split-screen moment on Tuesday.
Japan Times
Feb 4, 2023
Fears of Russian nuclear weapons use have diminished, but could re-emerge
Nearly a year into the war in Ukraine, U.S. policymakers and intelligence analysts have more confidence that they understand at least some of President Vladimir Putin’s red lines.
Japan Times
Oct 2, 2022
In Washington, Putin’s nuclear threats stir growing alarm
For the first time since the Cuban missile crisis in October 1962, top government leaders in Moscow are making explicit nuclear threats and officials in Washington are gaming out scenarios.
Japan Times
Sep 26, 2022
U.S. warns Russia of ‘catastrophic consequences’ if it uses nuclear weapons
U.S. officials said that they still had not seen any movement in Russiau2019s stockpile of 2,000 or so small tactical weapons.
Japan Times
Sep 18, 2022
Ukraine wants the U.S. to send powerful new weapons. Biden is not so sure.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says one weapon u2014 a missile system with a range of 305 kilometers u2014 is critical to launching a wider counteroffensive, perhaps early next year.
Japan Times
Jul 29, 2022
As the U.S. Congress debated landmark China bill, Beijing surged ahead
The American semiconductor industry has withered to the point where none of the most advanced chips are made in the United States. Meanwhile, China has been rapidly catching up.
Japan Times
Jul 17, 2022
As Biden reaches out to Mideast dictators, his eyes are on China and Russia
Biden outlined a five-part "new framework for the Middle Eastu201d that included supporting economic development, military security and democratic freedoms.
Japan Times
Jun 17, 2022
Fears grow over Iran’s nuclear program as Tehran digs a new tunnel network
Although construction is evident on satellite and has been monitored by groups that track the proliferation of new nuclear facilities, officials have never talked about it publicly.
Japan Times
Jun 2, 2022
The U.S. is sending advanced weapons to Ukraine. But conditions apply.
There is no question that the decision to give Ukraine the weapons they have requested for weeks marked a major escalation in the kind of military aid that Washington is providing.
Japan Times
May 27, 2022
How does it end? Fissures emerge over what constitutes victory in Ukraine
Differing objectives make it all the more difficult to define what victory u2014 or even a muddled peace u2014 would look like.
Japan Times
May 13, 2022
U.S. embraces Finland’s move toward NATO membership. What about Ukraine?
In embracing Finlandu2019s, and soon Swedenu2019s, move to join NATO, Washington and its allies are doubling down on a bet that Russia has made a huge strategic mistake. But many questions remain.


Yoshiko Koide sits in a classroom at Nagoya College where she teaches a Japanese-language observation seminar.
How a dictionary came to spark outrage among the web’s otaku