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  1. A resignation too far for Abe

    Posted Sep 08th 2007, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... of Shinzo Abe, Japan's hapless prime minister, who has lost not one, not two, but three ministers of agriculture- all in the space of four months, all to charges of corruption? She would probably suggest that, at the very least, he should commit political suicide to spare himself and Japan further embarrassment. The latest casualty was Takehiko Endo. He lasted precisely eight days ...

  2. Sorry history of a too conservative diplomacy

    Posted Mar 31st 2005, 12:00am by Tom Plate

    ... ever. It is irrefutable that Japan did extremely terrible things to its neighbours during the second world war and should always be contrite about this fact. Even so, if love is never having to say you're sorry, will Japan never get the love and respect that its mainly admirable post-war record of domestic pacifism and regional contributions deserve? Or is Japan always going ...

  3. Beijing is left asking for more

    Posted Apr 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Shi Ting Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's conciliatory comments at the Asia-Africa summit in Jakarta yesterday were an insufficient diplomatic gesture that failed to please Beijing, mainland analysts said. Mr Koizumi expressed 'deep r ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Shrine visit exposes Japan to new attack

    Posted Aug 16th 2012, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... Greg Torode greg.torode@scmp.com Shrine visit exposes Japan to new attack For all their shared interests in a peaceful, prosperous and stable East Asia, there are plenty of reasons for Japan and China to be suspicious of one another, from rivalries over regional influence, to China's assertiveness and military build-up, to the role of the US military. The Yasukuni Shrine ...

  5. Can the DPJ really sing a new tune?

    Posted Jul 25th 2009, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... Kevin Rafferty Japan now faces a long, hot summer of a potentially historic election, which is likely to see the ruling Liberal Democratic Party rudely turfed from power by voters ... happens next? Today, it is as if Japan is collectively sleepwalking towards a future fraught with impossible problems, with no clue what to do. It will be the ultimate in karaoke politics- ...

  6. War of words

    Posted May 05th 2007, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... For one reporter, uncovering Japan's 'Okinawa-gate' brought neither fame nor fortune. Now he is taking his case to court, writes Julian Ryall In the US in October 1972, ... leader Richard Nixon. In Japan six months earlier, a scandal similarly involving lies and cover-ups at the highest level of government had also been on the front pages. But there the similarities ...

  7. Diplomacy put to the test by Abe's subtleties

    Posted Aug 05th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode Amid the diplomatic fallout after North Korea's missile tests last month, one of the more intriguing lines came from Japan's leading prime ministerial candidate, Shinzo Abe. His remark that pacifist Japan should consider some kind of pre-emptive strike, lost in the blizzard of headlines at the time, has taken on a life of its own. Japanese envoys are now ...

  8. Japan must find voice to match its clout

    Posted Sep 17th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Japan's new prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, and his centre-left Democratic Party represent change. That was their election campaign pledge; it was why voters last month ended more ... and vehicle makers have high profiles. Diplomatically, politically and militarily, though, Japan is barely visible. Hatoyama has made the right noises on some issues. He has pledged Japan will take ...

  9. quote of the week

    Posted Oct 12th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Timothy Chui 'Leaders in both Japan and China know it would not be wise to quarrel. Healthy competition is good, but they know it should not be a zero-sum game.' University of Tokyo professor Akio Takahara on the future of Sino-Japanese relations Japan's Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama, has to think about how to treat the country's neighbours. Leaders from ...

  10. Hatoyama should be proud of speaking out

    Posted Sep 10th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Plate

    ... Tom Plate It was just this side of comical. The leader of Japan's new ruling party barely finishes acknowledging his Democratic Party of Japan's huge win when a public-relations ... in Japanese, would have remained in Japan. Instead, Gardels arranged for an English translation and had his syndicate do its global information-technology distribution thing. Before long, the essay (or ...




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