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COMMENTARY / World
Jan 31, 2013
A question of Chinese sovereignty
China's 'historic rights' claims in the South China Sea have prompted Southeast Asian nations to argue that China is flouting international law.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Jan 24, 2013
'Pi' among 'unfilmable' books conquered at last on the screen
There are certain novels they say just can't be filmed, but guess what? Most of them have been. "Dune"? "Naked Lunch"? "The Virgin Suicides"? "The 120 Days of Sodom"? "Ulysses"? All done — "Ulysses" twice, even.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Jan 19, 2013
Meiji Japanese who sought to improve China
ASIA FOR THE ASIANS: China in the Lives of Five Meiji Japanese, by Paula S. Harrell. Merwin Asia, 2012, 407 pp., $35 (paperback)
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Jan 2, 2013
'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'
Mr. Antonini, who lived in the house next to ours in Brooklyn, had a rejoinder for all life's ailments. "You think you got problems?" he'd say with a querulous edge to his voice. "Wait till you get to my age, and I'll show you some problems!" At this point Mr. Antonini's son Denny would make his standard...
Japan Times
JAPAN / EXPLAINER
Nov 20, 2012
Ishiharas — family ties with a twist
The Ishiharas trail the Hatoyamas 2-0 in prime ministers. But when it comes to the variety, prominence and celebrity of each individual member, not many families in Japan today can compete with the Ishihara bunch.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / CLOSE-UP
Jun 3, 2012
Koki Mitani: Japan's Mr. Comedy
Koki Mitani is far and away the nation's best-known dramatist. Although theater is quite a niche medium here, most people in Japan — whether male or female, young or not so young, Japanese or not — recognize his face, even if they couldn't name many of his works. Recently, indeed, I was amazed when...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art / Japan Pulse
May 15, 2012
Rediscovering Japan's 'lost generation' and Tokyo Beatles
LIFE.com unearths photos of pill-popping hipsters, doing the hippie hippie shake, back in the day.
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 28, 2011
Prepare for the Colder War
Santa Claus may see you when you're sleeping, but NORAD makes sure it sees Santa pretty much round-the-clock. The North American Aerospace Defense Command not only follows Saint Nick's sleigh ride with its famous NORAD Tracks Santa site, but it is also involved in a struggle over resources, border control...
Reader Mail
Nov 20, 2011
For whom the student toils
This is an open letter to education minister Masaharu Nakagawa:
COMMENTARY / World / 2016 NEW YEAR SPECIAL
Nov 7, 2011
New food price levels stalking poor
Catastrophic flooding and crop losses in Thailand, the world's leading rice exporter, are raising concerns that another food crisis may be in the offing.
Reader Mail
Nov 6, 2011
Challenge of population growth
How appropriate it felt to read United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon's clarion call for action in the Oct. 31 front-page article, "Global population's 7 billion mark could be a year off the symbolic date."
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 31, 2011
Saudi Arabia's old regime grows older
The contrast between the deaths, within two days of each other, of Libya's Col. Moammar Gadhafi and Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdel Aziz is one of terminal buffoonery versus decadent gerontocracy. And their demise is likely to lead to very different outcomes: liberation for the Libyans and stagnation...
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 28, 2011
Japan's opportunity for global re-engagement
Few would doubt that Japan's economic relevance was already being questioned by some in the global community before the tragic events of March 11.
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 15, 2011
Kissinger blighted millionsas U.S. jockeyed for position
Henry Kissinger has distilled many words of wisdom from four millennia of Chinese civilization, and several centuries of Western diplomacy, including almost half a century of personal experience at the sharp end of power politics. He has captured headlines and captivated some of the world's best commentating...
COMMENTARY
Jun 9, 2011
China-Pakistan strategic ties deepen
After the daring U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden in his hideout next to Pakistan's premier military academy, Islamabad has openly played its China card to caution Washington against pushing it too hard. And China has been more than eager to show itself as Pakistan's staunchest ally.
COMMENTARY / World
May 18, 2011
Osama bin Laden's ghost
Osama bin Laden's death in his Pakistani hiding place is like the removal of a tumor from the Muslim world. But aggressive followup therapy will be required to prevent the remaining al-Qaida cells from metastasizing by acquiring more adherents who believe in violence to achieve the "purification" and...
EDITORIALS
May 17, 2011
Acquittal in Atago collision case
The Yokohama District Court on May 11 acquitted two Maritime Self-Defense Force officers formerly stationed aboard the 7,750-ton Aegis destroyer Atago in connection with the Atago's collision with the 7.3-ton trawler Seitoku Maru off Chiba Prefecure on Feb. 19, 2008. The collision killed the two fishermen...
EDITORIALS
May 16, 2011
Volunteer force declines
During the Golden Week holidays from April 28 to May 8, a total of some 78,000 volunteers worked in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, which were devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, according to "disaster volunteer centers" set up by local governments in the prefectures.
EDITORIALS
May 3, 2011
Mental care for children
Many schools in areas devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami have started the new school year. Some schools, though, have no choice except to begin classes in early May because school buildings were damaged or were being used as temporary shelters for disaster survivors.
EDITORIALS
Apr 8, 2011
China cracks down on dissent
Events in the Middle East are reverberating throughout the world, but no government is as committed to squashing domestic protests as is the leadership in Beijing. The government there has begun a crackdown against liberal voices in China. This seems to be a systematic effort that includes control of...

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