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MIDDLE EAST

Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 20, 2018
It's amateur hour in the Middle East
Most of the players in Syria don't even have a serious strategy, much less a clue about what they want as a final outcome.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 20, 2018
What does the U.S. want in Syria?
The complexity of the Syria situation has far surpassed the world's ability to master it.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 18, 2018
Turkey says it could act in Syria unless U.S. withdraws support for Kurdish force
Turkey said on Wednesday it would not hesitate to take action in Syria's Afrin district and other areas unless the United States withdrew support for a Kurdish-led force there, but Washington denied such plans and said "some people misspoke."
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 2, 2018
Imagine a Palestinian movement led by Gandhi
Renouncing violence would go a long way toward reviving negotiations with Israel.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 2, 2018
What to watch in 2018
Here are some of the key themes — and questions — that look set to shape global events this year.
EDITORIALS
Dec 31, 2017
Prepare for a year of confrontation
Nothing is inevitable — political decisions will determine what does and does not occur — but we must prepare now to head off the worst outcomes.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 26, 2017
Jerusalem issue should be settled through negotiations, Japan's top diplomat Taro Kono says
Foreign Minister Taro Kono has told Israeli and Palestinian leaders that the status of Jerusalem should be settled through negotiations between the parties concerned, after U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognize the city as Israel's capital.
JAPAN / History
Dec 20, 2017
Israel's Peres sent 'secret envoy' to sound out Japan in 1985 on playing Mideast peace role
An Israeli-American political cartoonist secretly passed a request from Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres to Japanese counterpart Yasuhiro Nakasone in 1985 to get more involved in the Middle East peace process, according to Japanese diplomatic records declassified Wednesday.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 12, 2017
Donald Trump versus Middle East peace
Attempting to ram a solution down Palestinians' throats will only increase the likelihood of even more violence.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Dec 12, 2017
Jerusalem issue puts Japan's top envoy in a tight spot in the Middle East
Foreign Minister Taro Kono found himself in a tough spot on his recent trip to the Middle East, seeking to reconcile Japan's potential as a mediator in the region with its loyalty to Washington in the wake of the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 11, 2017
Kono seeks renewal of UAE oil field contracts in talks in Abu Dhabi
Foreign Minister Taro Kono sought cooperation from his counterpart in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday to renew oil field contracts held by Japanese firms.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 8, 2017
Foreign Minister Taro Kono departs for tour to Middle East, Europe, United States
Foreign Minister Taro Kono set off Friday on a five-country trip that will take him to the Middle East, where he will discuss peace efforts, and Europe and the United States, where North Korea will be high on the agenda.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 8, 2017
Trump teaches Palestinians about the new Mideast
Most of the Arab world is far more concerned about Iran than about the West Bank.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 24, 2017
Saudi Arabia has overreached on Iran, Lebanon
Saudi Arabia and Iran's proxy battles are at the root of much of the death and destruction in the Middle East in recent years.
EDITORIALS
Nov 8, 2017
Unrest in Riyadh ripples through the Middle East
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is right to promote reform in Saudi Arabia, but his means are risky.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 25, 2017
Look for Tehran to emerge dominant in post-IS Middle East
The changing balance of power in the Middle East threatens to leave the U.S. on the sidelines.
EDITORIALS
Oct 24, 2017
IS is defeated but not vanquished
Vigilance and equal determination from law enforcement and security agencies are needed now more than ever to make sure Islamic State doesn't take up terrorist activities with new determination.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 25, 2017
Breaking down the barriers to peace in the Middle East
Peace between Israelis and Palestinians will not be achieved overnight, and it is only through a massive effort involving the citizenry that reconciliation and cooperation can occur between both peoples.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 21, 2017
Moving toward Kurdish independence?
The Kurds' quest for self-rule puts them in the crosshairs of Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Russia and the United States.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 25, 2017
How a 1929 dispute frames the Temple Mount conflict
The holy site has been the symbolic flashpoint of the broader Israeli-Arab struggle since at least 1929.

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The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan