Policy & Politics

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Thai minister interview

Bangkok ready to shoulder bullet train project risk

BANGKOK -- The Thai government is willing to lead efforts to adopt Japan's bullet train technology for a high-speed rail project, the transport minister said Tuesday. Importing the "shinkansen" rail system will entail high costs, Prajin Juntong a...

  • China's military

    White paper highlights blue-water ambitions

    BEIJING -- China's military planning has long been skewed toward ground war, but its latest defense policy outline shows a shift toward naval power. Released Tuesday, the white paper mentions the possibility of a naval clash for the first time. ...

  • Seeking an optimal balance

    Government's energy plan fails to satisfy experts

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government's vision for an optimal energy mix for the future failed to win endorsement from a panel of experts Tuesday, with some objecting to what they see as the plan's heavy reliance on nuclear energy. The Ministry of Eco...

  • Defending his defense posture

    Abe concedes 'risks' of sending SDF members over there

    TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acknowledged Tuesday that the bigger overseas role his government is seeking for Japan's Self-Defense Forces would entail some danger to service personnel, confronting a topic he had seemed to avoid. "The legisl...

  • China military report frets over Japan, territorial tensions

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- China on Tuesday hit out at Japan's efforts to change its national security policy, a criticism that came as part of a biannual defense paper highlighting Beijing's growing concerns about defending its claims on disputed maritime t...

  • Military policy

    Japan's new defense posturing

    TOKYO -- Seventy years after World War II Japan's defense policy is again at a critical juncture. The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has submitted a set of key national security bills to the Diet, the country's parliament, which has everyone...

  • Japan's energy mix

    Emissions goal may help nuclear advocates

    TOKYO -- At first glace, it appears Japan's industry ministry bowed to the environment ministry in setting a new emissions reduction target. In reality, both government bodies got something they wanted. The government announced April 30 that Japa...

  • Cybersecurity

    Japan strategizes for stronger defenses

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government has drawn up new cybersecurity strategies, joining governments around the globe that are taking steps to steel their countries to online threats. The new plans were decided Monday at a CyberSecurity Strategy Head...

  • Holding them to account

    Japan may require tax gurus to report avoidance advice

    TOKYO -- Hoping to deter the abuse of tax loopholes, the Japanese government is eying a rule that would make accountants disclose the services they provide to companies trying to reduce their tax payments. This would better align Japan with Weste...

  • Flying drones in Japan

    Industry promoter preparing guidelines for commercial use

    TOKYO -- A private-sector group promoting unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, is drawing up guidelines meant to create a safer environment for use by commercial users and individuals alike. The Japan UAS Industrial Development Association (JUID...

  • Deregulation

    Sompo Japan first foreign company licensed to sell insurance in Myanmar

    YANGON -- The government of Myanmar on Monday granted Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance a license to conduct business in a special economic zone. It is the first time an overseas insurance company has acquired a business license in Myanmar since a ...

  • Clearing the way to growth

    Japanese panel members to propose easing tourist visa requirements

    TOKYO -- Looser visa requirements for travelers will be among a series of suggestions that the non-government members on the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy will make Tuesday to help stimulate the Japanese economy. The members will propose ...

  • Interview with Japanese defense chief

    Japan open to joining South China Sea recon, Nakatani says

    TOKYO -- Japan would consider sending its Self-Defense Forces to the South China Sea to monitor Chinese island-building activity in cooperation with the American military, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani told The Nikkei on Monday. "We don't have an...

  • A personal view

    Nepal's tragedy, one month on

    It has been one month since a magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck central Nepal on April 25, killing nearly 9,000 people. The damage to the country is still beyond comprehension: 600,000 homes destroyed, 25,000 schools reduced to rubble, most hospitals i...

  • Nikkei poll

    Most Japanese wary of security reform

    TOKYO -- Most Japanese neither support the passage of new defense legislation this Diet session nor feel that the government has adequately explained the proposed changes, a weekend poll by Nikkei Inc. and TV Tokyo shows. Only 25% of respondents ...

  • Police militarization

    Armored vehicles in small-town America trigger debate

    NEW YORK -- When the police deployed tank-like armored vehicles during protests following the fatal shooting in August 2014 of a black teen in Ferguson, Missouri, the military imagery provoked widespread anger. And that anger is only spreading as loc...

  • Indian politics

    Backbone of BJP wields its influence

    TOKYO -- It is nearly one year since India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was swept back to power in a landslide victory after a 10 year hiatus. The right-wing party's backbone is the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS, National Volunteer Organization)...

  • House yet to vote

    TPP clears hurdle in US Senate

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate on Friday passed a bill that could put the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade pact still being negotiated, on the fast track into U.S. law. By passing the bill, the Republican-controlled Senate gave up its constituti...

  • Big meeting on small Kinmen

    Taiwan's security concerns fall on deaf Chinese ears

    KINMEN, Taiwan -- A senior Taiwanese official on Saturday told his Chinese counterpart that Beijing should respond to the island's concerns over a new security threat China seems to have posed. The appeal was ignored. The incident reflects on...

  • US Senate passes bill crucial to Pacific trade pact

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- The U.S. Senate passed a bill Friday that is seen as crucial for the swift conclusion of a Pacific free trade initiative, amid growing uncertainty whether the legislation will pass the House of Representatives. The move came...