Edward Neilan

For Edward Neilan's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Commentary / World Sep 23, 2000

Spy scandal undercuts Putin's diplomacy

The atmosphere of intrigue has been as thick as homemade borscht in Tokyo's diplomatic quarter since police caught a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force officer passing confidential documents to the Russian Embassy naval attache in a posh local restaurant. Ramifications from the case have already dimmed ...

Commentary / World Sep 16, 2000

California: the colors of tomorrow's U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO -- The bald statistic released the other day informing us that the population of the state of California was no longer dominated by a Caucasian majority, having given way to a fast-growing coalition of Hispanics and Asians, should have surprised no one. Looking ...

Commentary / World Aug 21, 2000

World still sorting out MacArthur's legacy

When readers were asked a year ago, "Who was the most influential American in Asia in the 20th century?" the response was very lopsided. Gen. Douglas MacArthur, whose leadership was felt throughout the region but particularly in the Philippines, Japan and Korea, was the clear ...

Commentary / World Aug 13, 2000

Beijing boils over Chen's U.S. stopover

China doesn't like it that the United States has given Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian a visa for a stopover in Los Angeles today on his way to the Caribbean. A less subtle reaction caused by the seemingly innocuous visit of Chen to the L.A. International ...

Commentary / World Aug 8, 2000

Recognizing Japan's key role in Asia

U.S. policymakers seem to have given up on Japan, laments Michael Green, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. The exasperation is premature, Green says, for by most yardsticks, Japan is more important to U.S. interests than is China. ...

Commentary / World Jul 21, 2000

Few anti-base protests before summit

NAHA, Okinawa — Japanese police, whose only new equipment for the event are 23,200 pairs of sunglasses, have effectively caused anti-U.S. bases demonstrations at the Okinawa G8 Summit to flop badly. On second thought, the police should not get all the credit, or blame. ...

Commentary / World Jul 16, 2000

Will G8 swelter in sartorial splendor?

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Thomas Foley was the first to predict that the forthcoming G8 summit on Okinawa might have to be held with the participants wearing sport or aloha shirts instead of formal or business attire. Foley had just returned from an inspection visit ...

Commentary / World Jul 1, 2000

War and peace in the coming century

Looking back to the anniversary of the start of the Korean War, on June 25, 1950, and looking ahead to potential crises in Asia, there is much to ponder on the question of military intervention. Will the hopeful Korean summit lead to a prolonged period ...

Commentary / World Jun 10, 2000

Why Japanese voters reject politics

Political stagnation and a feeling of powerlessness are often cited among the reasons that Japanese hate politics. "Japanese are unable to voice their concerns to politicians or receive (any) form of concrete policy response that would improve their lives," said one political analyst recently. According ...

Commentary / World Jun 3, 2000

The siren song of 'the China market'

Businessmen around the world continue to be fascinated with the prospect of making a fortune doing business with China. The May 27 U.S. House of Representatives endorsement of the China trade bill, to be followed by passage of the U.S. Senate version, will perpetuate the ...