If the idea of economic pressure is to bend a regime to your will, then Japan should have leverage with Myanmar.
For Philip Brasor's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Footage of a jockey kicking his horse in the face during a live broadcast sparked a needed conversation, but the media needs to educate more on animal welfare.
When the head of DHC began making anti-Korean comments, many news outlets decided it was just better not to talk about it.
Press outlets that are not affiliated with the Summer Games are calling foul on a number of directives issued by Olympics bodies.
The situation surrounding the pending marriage of Princess Mako to Kei Komuro is entirely different to those facing the British royals.
Former Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai does an about face when it comes to accusations of vote-buying, but some aren't buying the idea that his decision was a result of soul searching.
Are such relationships better guaranteed by judicial protection or constitutional reform?
Fukushima residents have been paid for their role in decontamination work in the prefecture since the 2011 accident.
Why did mainstream media outlets take so long to probe the scandals involving the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications that were first uncovered by weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun?
The standards that immigration authorities use to decide refugee status are difficult to meet due to the burden of proof shouldered by asylum-seekers.