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Japan Times
Apr 9, 2014
Poll success puts Afghans on track — for now
In a nation more associated with calamity than consensus, the initial results of Saturday's Afghan presidential election are startling.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Apr 7, 2014
Smooth Afghan election raises questions about Taliban's strength
A bigger-than-expected turnout in Afghanistan's presidential election and the Taliban's failure to significantly disrupt the vote have raised questions about the capacity of the insurgents to tip the country back into chaos as foreign troops head home.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Mar 30, 2014
Afghanistan at crossroads as Karzai era ends
Amid the dust and traffic of today's Kabul, three things remain almost as they were a decade or so ago. In winter, and when the wind clears the smog that is a side effect of years of economic boom, the blue sky above the snowcapped peaks that ring the city is as impressive as ever. Then there is the Arg, the sprawling palace at the city's center and the apparently calm eye of a turbulent storm of a country. The complex is home to the third element that has remained constant since the end of the Taliban's grim regime in 2001: Hamid Karzai, now in his 13th year of power.
Japan Times
Mar 29, 2014
Marcus Luttrell: a 21st-century war hero
Shake the hand of Marcus Luttrell, and there's no mistaking the grip of someone who spent many a year holding a weapon. A former U.S. Navy SEAL, Luttrell is your 21st-century war hero, with a book and movie deal relating his near-fatal experiences in Afghanistan. He was in Tokyo recently to promote "Lone Survivor," the movie of his saga that stars Mark Wahlberg. Yet he's also a plain-spoken Texan with little regard for the trappings of celebrity, a man with an intensity in his gaze that lingers from his wartime days.
Japan Times
Nov 29, 2013
Karzai says U.S. drone strike killed 2-year-old
Afghan President Hamid Karzai accused the United States of launching a drone strike that killed a 2-year-old child Thursday and vowed to not sign a long-term security agreement if similar attacks continue.
Japan Times
Nov 22, 2013
U.S., Pakistan tussle over drone strike's target
American and Pakistani officials disagreed sharply Thursday about whether an Islamic school was struck by a U.S. drone, in an unusual attack that inflamed tensions over the CIA drone campaign.
Nov 18, 2013
India, U.S. sup with the devil
Lost in India and the U.S.' diplomatic maneuvers with the Taliban is the age-old wisdom: He who sups with the devil should have a long spoon.
Japan Times
Nov 9, 2013
Pakistan enacts own 'Patriot Act' to deal with growing terrorist threat
After a decade of terrorist attacks, Pakistan is implementing a new legal framework to deal with its growing militant threat — what some are calling a local version of the USA Patriot Act.
Japan Times
Nov 4, 2013
As U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan, poppy trade it spent billions fighting still flourishes
The United States is withdrawing troops from Afghanistan having lost its battle against the country's narcotics industry, marking one of the starkest failures of the 2009 strategy the Obama administration pursued in an effort to turn around the war.
Oct 11, 2013
U.S. 'forcibly' took custody of militant leader, Afghans say
The United States recently seized a senior Pakistani Taliban commander in eastern Afghanistan, snatching him from the custody of Afghan intelligence operatives who had spent months trying to recruit him as an interlocutor for peace talks, Afghan government officials charged Thursday.
Japan Times
Oct 1, 2013
U.S. Marine generals fired for Afghan security lapses
The commandant of the Marine Corps on Monday took the extraordinary step of firing two generals for not adequately protecting a giant base in southern Afghanistan that Taliban fighters stormed last year, resulting in the deaths of two marines and the destruction of a half a dozen U.S. fighter jets.
Japan Times
Sep 1, 2013
Few winners in Afghan village flattened by U.S.
It took 22,500 kg of American explosives to level Niaz Mohammad's village. It had become a Taliban stronghold, a virtual factory for bombs that killed and maimed American soldiers. At the height of the U.S. offensive in late 2010, commanders chose what they considered their best option: They approved an airstrike that flattened all the buildings in town, more than 40, including Mohammad's home. Though no civilians were killed, the bombardment quickly became one of the most controversial attacks of the war in Afghanistan.
Jul 20, 2013
Malala Yousufzai's weapon of peace
Since being shot in the head by a Taliban extremist in Pakistan in October 2012, 16-year-old Malala Yousufzai has changed the world of girls' education.
Jun 22, 2013
Partition looms for Afghanistan
The U.S. effort to cut a deal with the Pashtun-based, Pakistan-backed Taliban is stirring deep unease among the non-Pashtun groups in Afghanistan.
Feb 27, 2013
Afghanistan's partition might be unpreventable
Is Afghanistan in store for an Iraq-style 'soft partition,' with protracted strife eventually creating a 'hard partition,' after U.S. military forces go home.


Later this month, author Shogo Imamura will open Honmaru, a bookstore that allows other businesses to rent its shelves. It's part of a wave of ideas Japanese booksellers are trying to compete with online spaces.
The story isn't over for Japan's bookstores