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Antoni Slodkowski
For Antoni Slodkowski's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Dec 18, 2021
Japan business lobbyist backs Myanmar coup and urges investment
A Japanese former politician who campaigned to bring billions of dollars of investment from some of Japanu2019s top companies to Myanmar has urged Tokyo to endorse its military regime.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 23, 2021
Japan to focus on supply chain chokepoints in security push
Akira Amari, secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party, has in recent years driven a policy push for Japan's economy to be less reliant on other countries.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 1, 2021
Suga to dissolve Diet mid-September and delay LDP race, report says
The PM decided to shunt back the LDP race as he has struggled to solidify support in the party and opponents were likely to gather votes in the coming weeks, the Mainichi reports.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 30, 2021
Suga's ratings hit record lows as party leader race looms
A Mainichi newspaper poll showed public support for Suga slid below 30% for the first time, to stand at a dismal 26%, while the Nikkei daily put his rating at 34%.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Aug 8, 2021
Tokyo feared the Games would spread COVID-19. The numbers inside the 'bubble' suggest that didn't happen.
Japan had feared that the Games might spread COVID-19, introduce new variants and overwhelm the medical system. But the numbers from inside the Olympic "bubble" tell a different story.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 30, 2021
A tale of two cities: In the 'bubble' and the Tokyo outside
While the athletes village and Olympic press center represent a huge, strict COVID-19 control zone, the residents of the capital are living life largely as normal.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 24, 2021
IOC's Bach draws ire in Japan over long opening ceremony speech
Olympic boss Thomas Bach spoke for 13 minutes, about twice as long as his Japanese female host, Seiko Hashimoto, prompting a flood of criticism on social media.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 11, 2021
JOC executive Kaori Yamaguchi says Tokyo Games should be held without spectators
Yamaguchi said the government was "confusing" the public by asking them to stay at home and imposing curbs while putting on the global sports showpiece.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 20, 2020
Ad behemoth faces claims of conflict of interest in Tokyo Olympic campaign
u201cAdult understandingu201d investigated as a potential conflict of interest for the Japanese advertising giant.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 31, 2020
Former Japan defense chief Shigeru Ishiba to run in LDP leadership race, report says
In an interview, Ishiba said Tokyo should deepen ties with its Asian neighbors, including South Korea, amid growing tension between China and the United States.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 1, 2019
Jailed Reuters journalists appeal to Myanmar's top court as rights group decries 'fear'
Lawyers for two Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar for breaking a colonial-era official secrets law appealed to the Supreme Court on Friday against their conviction, as a rights group said the government wielded repressive laws against peaceful critics.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
Sep 3, 2018
Reuters reporters who exposed Myanmar military abuses are jailed for seven years
In a landmark case seen as a test of progress toward democracy in the Southeast Asian country, a Myanmar judge on Monday found two Reuters journalists guilty of breaching a law on state "secrets," sentencing them to seven years in prison.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jul 22, 2017
U.S. presses Myanmar to cease military ties with North Korea
Myanmar's military has maintained ties with North Korea, even though the civilian-led government denies any cooperation, and the Trump administration is pressing for a complete break-off of remaining links, current and former U.S. officials said.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Mar 29, 2017
A year after taking power, regal Suu Kyi struggles to move Myanmar on from conflict
At the beginning of this year, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi sat down with one of her advisers to go through priorities for the coming months. She began with an apology for the slow pace of economic reform.
ASIA PACIFIC
Nov 15, 2016
Myanmar army says 86 killed in fighting in country's northwest
As many as 69 members of what Myanmar's government has described as a Rohingya Muslim militant group and 17 security forces have been killed in a recent escalation of fighting in northwestern Rakhine state, the army said Tuesday.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jun 21, 2016
Myanmar's Suu Kyi reiterates stance on not using 'Rohingya' term: official
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi told the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights on Monday that the government will avoid using the term "Rohingya" to describe a persecuted Muslim minority in the country's northwest, an official said on Monday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 29, 2015
Subaru's secret: Low-paid foreign workers power an export boom
Yasuyuki Yoshinaga was in a good mood at the early May earnings briefing in Tokyo. The top executive at the maker of Subaru automobiles joked that he would have to wear a helmet on an upcoming trip to the United States. The reason: Dealers were going to hit him over the head for not supplying them with enough of his cars to sell.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 17, 2015
Takata, automakers stuck in uneasy relationship as recalls mount
Air bag manufacturer Takata Corp. and Japan's carmakers are locked in the commercial equivalent of a bad marriage, not entirely happy in each other's company but unable to break apart.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 24, 2015
Japan Inc. shops abroad to duck bleak domestic prospects
With shrinking prospects at home and the threat of further yen weakness, Japanese companies are rushing to buy overseas and seem willing to pay top dollar, as shown by Japan Post's $5 billion bid for Australia's Toll Holdings.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 31, 2014
Japan's 3/11 tsunami evacuees caught in $30 billion money trap
Some ¥3.28 trillion in funding for roads, bridges and thousands of new homes in areas devastated by the tsunami in Tohoku 3½ years ago is still languishing unspent in the bank. That means Keiko Abe is heading into a fourth winter of subzero temperatures in a cramped, temporary dwelling that is succumbing to the elements.

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