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By Yuriko Koike - Jul 09,2016
The United Kingdom, in voting to divorce the European Union, is steering the West into uncharted territory.Will the EU now unravel, as other populists and nationalists demand plebiscites on their respective countries’ membership?Will NATO, the grand post-war alliance that has gua
By Yuriko Koike - May 21,2016
At a time when Donald Trump’s indecency and vulgarity are distorting the world’s view of America, Barack Obama’s decision to become the first US president to visit Hiroshima demonstrates anew his own great personal dignity.Moreover, it returns to the world’s attention the outward
By Yuriko Koike - Apr 06,2016
Three scenes are often the subject of photographs taken by foreign tourists visiting Japan. One is a forest of utility poles; another is cars riding a gondola in mechanical parking areas.
By Yuriko Koike - Dec 02,2015
Since the November 13 terrorist bloodletting in Paris, the City of Light has been practically under martial law.In this subdued and challenging context, world leaders are now convening in the city at the United Nations Climate Change Conference to hammer out a new global agreemen
By Yuriko Koike - Nov 02,2015
On October 5, after years of exhausting — and exhaustive — haggling, a dozen Pacific Rim countries finally signed up to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an agreement that promises everything from more trade to a cleaner environment.The negotiations were such that the hair of
By Yuriko Koike - Aug 05,2015
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to extend the Diet’s current session for 95 days, until September 27 — making for the longest continuous session in the Japanese parliament’s post-war history.The reason is clear: Abe is determined to pass a set of national security
By Yuriko Koike - Apr 25,2015
On April 29, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address a joint session of the United States Congress. The Japan-US alliance is now 63 years old, but this will be the first time that a Japanese leader will be accorded this high honour from the American government and people
By Yuriko Koike - Jan 31,2015
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was on a six-day tour of Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine when the Islamic State posted a video online threatening to murder two Japanese hostages, Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto, if his government did not pay $200 million within 72 ho
By Yuriko Koike - Dec 13,2014
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has thrown out the political playbook. With two years remaining in his term, and with his Liberal Democratic Party enjoying comfortable majorities in the Diet’s upper and lower houses, Abe has called a snap general election for December.
By Yuriko Koike - Jul 09,2014
When the Moro Islamic Liberation Front guerrilla movement took up arms in the Philippines in the 1960s, Ferdinand Marcos had yet to become the country’s president — let alone its dictator. Despite the country’s many political transformations in the last half-ce

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