Commentary / World Mar 7, 2014

China gains from U.S.-Russia face-off

by Brahma Chellaney

The clear geopolitical winner from the U.S.-Russian face-off over Ukraine will be an increasingly muscular China, which harps on historical grievances — real or imaginary — to justify its claims to territories and fishing areas long held by other Asian states.

Editorials Mar 7, 2014

Enormous tasks ahead for China

As Premier Li Keqiang kicks off the National People's Congress, Japan, for its part, needs to think about developing a coolheaded strategy for dealing with perceived Chinese territorial and political provocations.

Editorials Mar 3, 2014

Don't scrap weapons-export ban

The Abe administration plans to ditch the nation's long-standing three-point weapons exports ban and replace it with a policy that would turn Japan into a weapons exporting country.

National Feb 26, 2014

Japan to return weapons-grade plutonium U.S. provided during Cold War

Japan plans to return, at the request of Washington, plutonium provided by the United States for research purposes during the Cold War, government sources said Tuesday. The government wants to be seen contributing to nuclear nonproliferation, the sources said. The Obama administration asked for the plutonium ...

G-20 looks to press for structural reforms

Business Feb 24, 2014

G-20 looks to press for structural reforms

Japan may be strongly urged by its Group of 20 counterparts to push forward with structural reforms in the near future as fears grow that it will soon become a country with a constant current account deficit. At a two-day meeting of the G-20 finance ...

Business Feb 19, 2014

Japan to offer tariff reduction for U.S. beef in TPP talks

Japan is expected to offer reducing tariffs on beef imported from the United States in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks, according to highly placed sources. The Abe administration has been reluctant to cut tariffs on key farm products, including beef and pork, but it ...