Said Amir Arjomand

For Said Amir Arjomand's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Commentary / World Jul 21, 2014

Rouhani's remaking of Iran

Marking the end of his first year in office with some success at domestic reform, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani now says Iran would be willing to work with the U.S. in Iraq.

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 ...

Commentary / World Sep 30, 2011

Genius lurks in this dangerous czar

There is one incontestably great actor on the world stage today, and he has no interest in following our script. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin — soon to be Russia's president again — has proven remarkably effective at playing the weak strategic hand he inherited, ...

Commentary / World Feb 10, 2010

Iran's revolutionary echoes

STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Iran's continued unrest, now extending through the 30th anniversary of the revolution that toppled the shah, raises the question of whether the Islamic Republic is about to fall. As in 1979, millions of Iranians have taken to the streets, this ...

Commentary Oct 7, 2009

The Middle East and Iran issue

The small country of Lebanon lies at the center of the Middle East jigsaw. Its labyrinthine internal politics reflect and connect with all the complexities of the region and the surrounding countries. To grasp what is happening in divided Lebanon, one has to understand the ...

Editorials Oct 5, 2009

Graduates lowering the bar

Only 2,043 graduates of the law schools established since April 2004, following adoption of the nation's legal reform, passed the bar exam for 2009, according to the Justice Ministry. This is a poor performance in view of the 2,500 to 2,900 graduates who were ...

Editorials Apr 6, 2009

Worsening economic picture

The Bank of Japan's Tankan survey of business confidence underlines the severity of Japan's economic downturn. The diffusion index (DI) for major manufacturers during the three months through March declined to minus 58, down from minus 24 in December, and even worse than the ...