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COMMENTARY / World / GUEST FORUM
Mar 22, 2004
Madrid terror has lessons for Koizumi
WASHINGTON -- Three days after the terrorist bombings in Madrid, the March 14 election in Spain ended in an unexpected victory for the Socialist Party.
COMMENTARY / World / GUEST FORUM
Sep 29, 2003
Re-elected Koizumi expected to deliver
On Sept. 22, the third Koizumi Cabinet was established. On the same day, the Liberal Democratic Party witnessed the birth of a new party leadership. Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, re-elected to head the LDP for the second term with a handsome majority, is now well positioned to face a general election...
COMMENTARY / World / GUEST FORUM
Aug 9, 2003
War on terror requires a stronger UNSC
In a world where groups of thugs can take over failed states and modern technology enables small groups of fanatics to kill millions of people, more intervention by the international community in the sovereignty of individual nations will be necessary. Such intervention cannot be left to the United States...
COMMENTARY / World / GUEST FORUM
Oct 20, 2002
Scarcity not to blame for pain of hunger
In 1945, the year the vicious war ended, there was famine in Italy, Russia, Bengal, Burma and much of China; and yet there were unsellable surpluses of food in the United States, Canada and some Latin American countries. Products could have been shipped, stored and sold in quantities large enough to...
COMMENTARY / World / GUEST FORUM
Aug 31, 2002
Reactions to 9/11 as scary as the attacks
For my friend Azusa, it was supposed to be a long-waited vacation in New York City. Despite a big autumn typhoon, her Continental Air flight to Newark took off from Narita on time at 4 p.m. and she began to doze off, expecting a long flight to the East Coast as usual.
COMMENTARY / World / GUEST FORUM
Aug 3, 2002
ASEAN is on the right track with ARF
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COMMENTARY / World / GUEST FORUM
May 23, 2002
Marines on Okinawa are worth keeping
Thirty years after reversion to Japan, the U.S. Marine bases on Okinawa remain a contentious issue. Periodic calls for their reduction or elimination may be good politics, and offer academics and other commentators the satisfaction that they are taking a "progressive" stance on the issue.
COMMENTARY / World / GUEST FORUM
Jan 5, 2002
Writing: A craft that anyone can learn
"Speeches are not magic. A speech is essentially a combination of information and opinion written on paper and spoken. If you can have a thoughtful conversation, you can probably write and give a thoughtful speech."
COMMENTARY / World / GUEST FORUM
Dec 15, 2001
Image of reconciliation for Myanmar
With the confidence-building period between Myanmar's military regime and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (Daw Suu) now past the one-year mark, most dissidents have grown more suspicious of the military regime as the country's economy deteriorates and the cost of living rises.
COMMENTARY / World / GUEST FORUM
Jun 7, 2001
Japan's efforts to responsibly manage southern bluefin tuna resources bear fruit
HONOLULU-- Australia, New Zealand, and Japan recently agreed to jointly launch an experimental fishing program for southern bluefin tuna. Quotas for southern bluefin tuna, along with Japan's unilateral experimental fishing programs, have been sources of diplomatic contention among the three countries....
COMMENTARY / World / GUEST FORUM
May 31, 2001
Globalization leaves too many casualties in its wake
The forces and processes of globalization -- increased trade liberalization, improved environmental standards and "universal" human rights -- have disillusioned a majority of the world's population. Thanks to the Seattle fiasco and street demonstrations in Prague, it is clear that no matter how hard...
COMMENTARY / World / GUEST FORUM
May 10, 2001
Another side of the New Economy
Many East Asian nations look to the New Economy as a possible cure for their recent economic ills, but they are short of good prescriptions. The term was coined to describe the decade-long economic expansion in the United States that was hard to explain on the basis of old economic theories. Lack of...
COMMENTARY / World / GUEST FORUM
May 3, 2001
Turn the PM into a man of the people
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is right to suggest amending the Constitution to allow the people to elect the prime minister directly. The government of Japan currently lacks the ability to make quick and firm policy decisions. The Japanese tradition of decision-making by a consensus of powerful individuals...
COMMENTARY / World / GUEST FORUM
Aug 7, 1999
For the Japanese, the future is now
There has been much soul-searching among the Japanese in recent years, following the collapse of the bubble economy and the recession it triggered. Economic woes aside, a crisis of confidence exists at the most fundamental level. People have come to doubt not only the ability of society as a whole, but...
COMMENTARY / World / GUEST FORUM
Jul 18, 1999
How Mahathir overcame the Asian crisis
Starting in September last year, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia was strongly criticized by the Western media and some Western governments over the introduction of capital controls and the sacking of his deputy prime minister and finance minister Anwar Ibrahim, who was later tried for alleged...

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