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For James Gibney's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

The coronavirus is not Trump’s Vietnam

Commentary / World Apr 30, 2020

The coronavirus is not Trump’s Vietnam

Sentient humans like to benchmark their successes and failures. So it’s understandable that in trying to put the coronavirus’s toll in perspective, some Americans have fastened their eyes on one particular grim milestone: The 58,300-plus deaths in the United States from COVID-19 over the ...

COVID-19 won’t kill globalization

Commentary / World Mar 23, 2020

COVID-19 won’t kill globalization

Among the byproducts of the coronavirus pandemic has been a spate of obituaries for globalization: “A Global Outbreak Is Fueling the Backlash to Globalization.” “Spread of Virus Could Hasten the Great Coming Apart of Globalization.” “Will the Coronavirus End Globalization as We Know It?” Short ...

Commentary / World Mar 22, 2016

As Cuba rises, Puerto Rico falls

As the resumption of diplomatic ties with the U.S. opens new possibilities for Cuba, Puerto Rico's current status as a U.S. commonwealth has turned into an ugly dead end.

Commentary / Japan Jan 5, 2015

Why Japan should embrace Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken'

The attacks on Angelina Jolie's just-released film "Unbroken" — which is much less about Japanese brutality against an American POW than the resilience of the human spirit — appear part of a revisionist recrudescence under the Abe administration.