Leonard Downie Jr.

For Leonard Downie Jr.'s latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Commentary / World Jun 1, 2013

Obama no friend of free press

Barack Obama's tendency to bypass the press for social media and friendly bloggers amounts to the White House reporting on itself, thus avoiding tough questions.

Commentary / World Jun 30, 2009

Older, smaller population to impact Japan's choices

HONOLULU — The next few months will be crucial for Japan's defense and security policies. The National Defense Program Guidelines (NDPG), which outline the framework for national security policy, are due by yearend. This in turn provides the foundation for the Mid-Term Defense Program, ...