Yoichi Funabashi

For Yoichi Funabashi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Will American populism damage Japan?

Commentary / Japan Mar 8, 2020

Will American populism damage Japan?

The sort of polarizing populism exemplified by Trump, Sanders and several other current world leaders may present Japan and the international order with their biggest challenge of the post-war era.

The post-Brexit 'German question'

Commentary / World Feb 10, 2020

The post-Brexit 'German question'

Brexit will influence the future direction of not only the U.K. but Europe as well, and it seems likely that it will alter the power balance between Germany and France in particular.

Tokyo, Seoul and the weaponization of history

Commentary / Japan Oct 10, 2019

Tokyo, Seoul and the weaponization of history

In July, Japan tightened its control of exports of certain materials for semiconductor production to South Korea. On Aug. 28, the government took further action and removed South Korea from its whitelist of nations granted preferential trade procedure. South Korea responded to these actions by ...