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Commentary / World Mar 2, 2013

Beware a revanchist China

In a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington on Feb. 22, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe informed the audience of officials, experts and journalists that Japan is "back" and will not stand down in its ongoing sovereignty dispute with China ...

Reader Mail Apr 22, 2012

Keep the wrecking ball at bay

I like Tokyo Tower. I will get used to the Tokyo Sky Tree (public opening due May 22), but for now I feel more for the familiar graceful lines and the more humane proportions of the older tower. It is an architectural icon, and ...

Reader Mail Oct 30, 2011

Real dangers of cycling

Regarding the Oct. 26 article "Reckless cyclists face crackdown," in Chigasaki and Samukawa, I cycle 10 km to work every morning. The dangers I face have nothing to do with fixed-gear bikes, and I have never seen anyone riding one without brakes. If the accidents ...

Reader Mail Oct 20, 2011

Recalling Sony's halcyon days

In regard to the Oct. 14th article "Sony recalls 1.6 million Bravia TVs worldwide," it seems a little ironic to me. In the days of Sony founder Akio Morita, when he was at the corporate helm, this sort of malfunction wouldn't have happened. How in ...

Editorials Oct 18, 2011

Economic trouble in China

The decision of China's sovereign wealth fund to buy shares of four of the country's biggest banks is a warning signal. The move to prop up the plummeting value of those institutions is intended to boost confidence; instead, it has highlighted the many unknowns ...

Reader Mail Oct 2, 2011

Effects of disenfranchisement

In his Sept. 22 letter, "A prevalent form of propaganda," Greg Leviton addresses a number of points that are often brought up concerning issues in the Middle East. Although I appreciate his ardor in support of Israel, many of these topics are more nuanced ...

Commentary / World Sep 15, 2011

Will the real Dick Cheney please stand up?

He's been called Darth Vader, feared or derided as a trigger-happy, torture-loving puppet master who called the shots over the eight years of the George W. Bush presidency. And now, with the publication of his memoir, "In My Time," Dick Cheney has once again ...

Editorials Dec 26, 2010

New START to arms control

The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) has won ratification in the U.S. Senate, passing by a 71-26 vote. Ratification is a victory for President Barack Obama, those who seek a world with fewer nuclear threats as well as proponents of a constructive U.S.-Russia ...

Commentary / World Jan 10, 2010

Expecting an unbound generation of leaders

SYDNEY — The appointment of five provincial-level Chinese Communist Party chiefs in early December is a reminder that the ascension of China's next generation of leaders, who will take power in 2012, may be the most significant development in Chinese politics since the reign ...