Shintarō Ishihara

Japan's fault lines still a worry, two years after quake

Japan's fault lines still a worry, two years after quake

Japan is in a cold burn now; cool on the exterior, simmering underneath. It's obvious in a geological sense; Japan sits above an unstable hot zone, but it's also a metaphor for a seemingly stable but deeply volatile and incendiary political system.

Monday, 11 March, 2013, 9:01am

DPP chairman risks Beijing backlash by meeting Ishihara

Su Tseng-chang

During a five-day trip to Japan, Su Tseng-chang, chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), will meet former Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara, according to Taiwanese media.

3 Feb 2013 - 5:48am

Japan's Shintaro Ishihara secures seat in Diet after Naoki Inose wins election

Shintaro Ishihara

Nationalist former Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara, whose bid to buy the islands at the centre of the dispute with Beijing sparked months of tensions, secured a parliamentary seat as leader of Japan's third-largest party.

His rabble-rousing Japan Restoration Party won between 46 and 61 seats, NHK said, giving him weight enough to shout from the parliamentary sidelines.

17 Dec 2012 - 5:57am

Shintaro Ishihara wants to restore pride in Japanese nationalism

Shintaro Ishihara (left). Photo: AFP

At 80, most Japanese men are content to play more golf with their buddies, spend their savings on foreign holidays or lavish gifts on their grandchildren.

But Shintaro Ishihara has never been a conventional sort of man and even in his ninth decade, he is convinced that his vision is the right one for Japan.

15 Dec 2012 - 3:43am

Who said it?

Xi Jinping (right) and Jimmy Carter. Photo: EPA

China and the US should be innovative and make efforts to accumulate positive energy

Vice-President Xi Jinping to former U.S. leader Jimmy Carter


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Eve Tam Mei-yee, chief curator at the Hong Kong Museum of Art


15 Dec 2012 - 4:01am

Japan LDP and partner on track for big election win

Shinzo Abe, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), during a campaign for the Lower House election in Sendai, northern Japan. Photo: EPA

Hawkish former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its smaller ally are on track for a resounding victory in Sunday’s election, winning more than 300 seats in parliament’s 480-member lower house, media surveys showed on Tuesday.

11 Dec 2012 - 11:35am

Briefs, November 30, 2012

Samsung to pay up for scrimping on bonuses. Photo: Reuters

A South Korean court has ordered Samsung Electronics to pay millions of dollars to a former employee who developed key technologies for the firm's lucrative television business, an official said. The ex-worker, surnamed Chung, had filed a suit against Samsung accusing it of scrimping on bonus payments after he had developed some 20 technologies - later patented - for the firm's television business from 1991 to 1995.

30 Nov 2012 - 1:48am

Tokyo ex-governor joins new conservative party

Toru Hashimoto (left) smiles with ex-Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara (right) during Hashimoto's Japan Restoration Party meeting in Osaka on Saturday. Photo: AFP

Outspoken leaders from Japan’s two biggest cities formed a national political party on Saturday, seeking to become “a third force” to lure undecided voters and challenge the country’s two biggest parties.

17 Nov 2012 - 8:49pm

Political squabbles condemning Japan

A Japanese pedestrian reads a breaking edition newspaper announcing the resignation of Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara in Tokyo. Photo: EPA

It's hard these days to have much faith in Japan as the Rising Sun, a global economic power and Asia's industrial and technological powerhouse, as the country's political, bureaucratic and economic leaders squabble in a headlong rush to turn the country into an over-indebted third-world country.

3 Nov 2012 - 2:54am

Shintaro Ishihara, the man who stoked China-Japan tensions

Illustration: Craig Stephens

For a man who seems to take pleasure in provoking, shocking and angering so many sectors of the Japanese public as well as the nation's allies and rivals alike, Shintaro Ishihara always seems to emerge unscathed.

28 Oct 2012 - 4:01am