Are Japan's politicians are up to the test if the Senkaku Islands were seized?
For Robert D. Eldridge.'s latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
There are numerous reasons why sister cities are increasingly important, including the promotion of trade and exports as well as attracting inbound tourists.
Japan and other countries around the world can learn from the South Asian nation's private sector effort to address public policy issues.
Last Sunday's local elections saw the largest number of female assembly and mayoral candidates being elected ever.
Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki's effort to seize the initiative by calling for a new Okinawa conference should be embraced, or at least tried.
The vitally important Futenma replacement facility shouldn't be built on a pack of lies.
The Okinawa gubernatorial election is an important one for the prefecture, for the central government, for the Japan-U.S. alliance and for the Indo-Pacific region as a whole.
Officials should use the Typhoon Jebi experience to improve their disaster management responses.
A prefectural vote would give all residents a voice on the Futenma relocation plan.
Opportunities to defuse tensions surrounding the U.S. military presence on Okinawa have been wasted.