Ko's RSS feed

Ko Hirano

For Ko Hirano's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

| Mar 17, 2014

Tokyo on horns of dilemma responding to Ukraine crisis

Japan faces a dilemma over how to respond to the crisis in Ukraine following the vote Sunday by residents of Crimea, a majority of whom are ethnic Russians, in favor of seceding and joining Russia. While Japan has been urging Russia to respect the sovereignty ...

/ | Mar 4, 2014

Talks with North bring hope

An informal intergovernmental meeting between Japanese and North Korean officials in Shenyang on Monday has rekindled hope for addressing issues of concern between the two countries, including Pyongyang's abductions of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s. Details of the talks, which lasted for two ...

U.S. urges pragmatic rapprochement

/ | Feb 18, 2014

U.S. urges pragmatic rapprochement

Backed by U.S. engagement, Japan and South Korea appear to have started initiatives to, in Washington’s words, “put history behind them and move the relationship forward” in the face of an increasingly assertive China.

Calmer heads need to prevail, Chinese experts warn

Jun 23, 2013

Calmer heads need to prevail, Chinese experts warn

With tensions over the Senkaku Islands showing no signs of subsiding, Beijing appears determined to keep sending vessels into the waters near the Japan-administered chain to stake its claim to the area. Just as Japanese ships patrol waters around the uninhabited islets in the East ...

/ Jun 7, 2013

U.S. concerns eased ahead of China talks

The Abe administration's rejection of Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's revisionist views has apparently eased U.S. concerns that Japan was giving China an easy opening to exploit and drive a wedge between Washington and Tokyo. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera's dismissal Saturday of recent remarks by Hashimoto, ...

Japanese automakers target China's youth

Apr 23, 2013

Japanese automakers target China's youth

Despite the bilateral dispute over the Senkaku Islands, young Chinese consumers appear more concerned with product quality and safety rather than Beijing's relations with the countries making the products. When asked about the boycott on Japanese products in China after Japan nationalized the China-claimed islets ...

China's choice signals focus on Tokyo

/ | Mar 5, 2013

China's choice signals focus on Tokyo

The Communist Party of China will appoint Wang Yi, a former ambassador to Japan who heads the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, China's Cabinet, as foreign minister, an apparent sign of willingness by the leadership to improve relations with Japan, according to ...

May 22, 2012

Instant noodles praised by makers as disaster item

Noodle makers around the world underscored at a meeting in Tianjin, China, recently the strategic importance their products play during natural disasters and other crises, including the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan. Not only are instant noodles cheap, tasty, storable and easy to cook, but ...

North sees Japanese wives as leverage

| Apr 21, 2012

North sees Japanese wives as leverage

North Korea appears to be considering using home visits by Japanese women who moved to the isolated state with their Korean husbands in a 1959-1984 repatriation project as leverage to improve relations with Tokyo. North Korea's official media ran notes by Mitsuko Minakawa, one of ...