Defense Minister Taro Kono’s announcement has opened a Pandora’s box of politically tough questions.
For Yoichiro Sato's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The prime minister is counting on the nation’s young people to do the right thing.
The RCEP has the potential to be the world's largest free trade area.
Kicking the can down the road on social security reform should not be a policy option.
The anticipated bilateral trade agreement between Japan and the U.S. grossly favors the latter compared to the would-be agreement under the TPP.
Should Japan take part in another U.S.-led 'coalition of the willing'?
The current calm in Japan-U.S. trade talks may quickly turn into a small storm.
A visit to Japan by 10 young politics-oriented Cambodians indicates that Tokyo is working outside the international media limelight to engage with both the opposition and the ruling party through its traditional twin-track diplomacy.
Japan needs to build a deeper relation of trust with Pacific island countries if it wants them to support its regional strategy.
Japan pulling out of the International Whaling Commission is going to have some interesting results.