Japan’s Maritime Self Defense Force is making
preparations to send a fleet oiler to the Indian Ocean
next month to refuel and resupply coalition warships in an operation that has
been suspend... Read More...
After what has been described as a "historic meeting" between Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda with officials in Beijing this week to mark the 30-year-old signing of the Japan China Treaty o... Read More...
It was painful to witness the images broadcast worldwide on September 27. Japanese cameraman Kenji Nagai was lying on his back on a street in Rangoon. Then there was the piercing s... Read More...
The telephones are
still ringing in Tokyo's top restaurants three weeks after Michelin
published its first Asian dining guide, Tokyo Guide, 2008, and
awarded the city nearly three times as ... Read More...
“We regret to inform you
that this train has been delayed by a human accident.”
I boarded the train at Kichijoji
Station on the Chuo (Main) Line around 6 pm to go downtown for my
regular... Read More...
After years of
stagnation, Tokyo’s famed Ginza shopping area is undergoing an
extraordinary renaissance. Ten years ago the area seemed to be in
danger of dying. The large department stores, such as the Mitsukoshi
and Matsuzakaya, that u... Read More...
Once again Japan is embroiled in one of those hair-splitting arguments over the extent to which it can participate in overseas military operations without bending its constitution and its war-renouncing A... Read More...
If he had waited just
two more weeks to resign, Shinzo Abe could at least have rounded out
a full year as Japan’s prime minister. Instead, he seems
destined to join the large number of pr... Read More...
Photo by Andrew James
A slow motion political
evolution that commenced some 15 years ago in Japan is beginning to
bear fruit. The long quest to transform the country into a
competitive, two-party democracy is closer to realization than some,
i... Read More...