May 19, 2015

U.S. moves forward with Gulf states

If the Gulf states prove to be more accommodating of U.S. foreign policy objectives than Israel, then that could be a geopolitical shift that rivals the return of Iran to regional politics.

May 18, 2015

What now for Osaka, Hashimoto?

The failure of Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's effort to reorganize Japan's second largest city will have major repercussions that extend to national politics.

May 18, 2015

Tensions rising in South China Sea

Beijing should exercise self-restraint to help dispel concerns over its perceived attempts to secure its interests in the South China Sea at the expense of other states in the region.

May 16, 2015

Heritage means responsibility

Should Japan win World Heritage status for its early industrial sites, it should take steps to ensure visitors are aware of both the positive and negative aspects of their histories.

May 13, 2015

No need for haste on TPP deal

The government must resist the temptation to make concessions that won't benefit Japan in its effort to conclude TPP negotiations with the U.S.