Takehiko Kajita

For Takehiko Kajita's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

National Jan 26, 2010

World Bank's Japanese seek to woo more

WASHINGTON — "Come and join us!" They are not inviting you to a party but to something more exciting and challenging — to be part of the World Bank and efforts to help developing countries unleash their potential. Offering an open-arms welcome are Japanese staff ...

National Jan 14, 2010

Direction unclear for Japan-U.S. discussion on security cooperation

HONOLULU — Despite Tuesday's call by Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to further deepen the bilateral alliance, the disagreement over the relocation of the Futenma air base has strained relations, casting a cloud over possible future accomplishments. Both ...

National Nov 8, 2009

U.S. open to environmental pact for bases

WASHINGTON — The United States is ready to discuss the possibility of forming a special bilateral pact with Japan to address environmental damage at U.S. military bases in Japan, the governor of Kanagawa Prefecture said Friday. The offer emerged when Kanagawa Gov. Shigefumi Matsuzawa and ...

National Oct 28, 2009

U.S. concerned by Japan's changes in foreign policy

WASHINGTON — The United States appears increasingly concerned about the new course of Japan's foreign policy, raising the specter of a showdown between Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and President Barack Obama at their summit in Tokyo next month. At the center of the widening gap ...

Abductee kin hope Obama takes hard line on North

National May 6, 2009

Abductee kin hope Obama takes hard line on North

WASHINGTON — Relatives of Japanese abducted by North Korea were not surprised that U.S. officials were reluctant to immediately assume a tougher stance against Pyongyang. They had anticipated that the administration of President Barack Obama, a Democrat, would not be as aggressive about the abduction ...

National Jan 15, 2009

Japan 'cornerstone' of U.S. Asia policy: Clinton

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State-designate Hillary Rodham Clinton hailed the alliance with Japan Tuesday as she articulated her vision of future U.S. diplomacy. "Our alliance with Japan is a cornerstone of American policy in Asia, essential to maintaining peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific ...

Obama says he's committed to Japan, Asia

National Sep 18, 2008

Obama says he's committed to Japan, Asia

A Democratic administration under Barack Obama is expected to maintain strong relations with Japan and other allies, while conservative analysts try to raise doubts about his commitment to Japan. "We are committed to U.S. engagement in Asia. This begins with maintaining strong relationships with allies ...

National | G8 SUMMIT 2008 Jul 10, 2008

Debate on expansion drags on

Leaders of the Group of Eight nations have for now agreed to disagree on expanding their exclusive club to include emerging economies, but the debate is expected to continue next year and beyond. The proposal by French President Nicolas Sarkozy appears to have made Japan ...

National Mar 11, 2008

Expert urges 'proactive' diplomacy with U.S.

Japan should take a more "proactive" diplomatic role as part of efforts to strengthen relations with the United States in the post-President George W. Bush era, according to a seasoned U.S. expert on Japan. "The first thing, I think, is that Japan needs to be ...

National Jan 1, 2008

U.S. policy toward Pyongyang looks to test Japan relations

Japan's relations with its most important ally, the United States, are drifting apart and trans-Pacific tensions could run high in 2008, especially over U.S. diplomacy with North Korea. A key test will come when Washington moves to take North Korea off its list of state ...