Editorial: China’s Suppression of Press Freedom Fits a Troubling Pattern

At a 2014 summit meeting with then-president Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping said “China, recognizing the people’s legitimate rights of freedom of expression and other freedoms, protects the interests of journalistic institutions in accordance with the law.” Did he really mean what he said?   Last week, a Sankei Shimbun reporter was denied entry […]

Editorial: Time for the United States and Japan to Cooperate on the Abduction Issue

North Korea chose the moment of the U.S.-Japan summit meeting to launch intermediate-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, and soon after assassinated Kim Jong-nam, the elder half-brother of Korean Workers’ Party chairman Kim Jong-un. Both instances are grim reminders of the violent and unpredictable nature of the government across the Sea of Japan. […]

Editorial: North Korea’s Missile Launch and its Test for Regional Cooperation

Just as the leaders of Japan and the United States were meeting to reaffirm their alliance, North Korea launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump then held an impromptu press conference where they strongly condemned the launch and confirmed that their two countries would […]

Editorial: Trump’s Trade Policies Will Make America Poorer

We cannot help but be disappointed by the seemingly inflexible stance of the Trump administration, which fails to understand the significance of free trade and which insists on viewing trading partners as enemies. President Trump’s view that the United States has been sacrificing American industry and enriching the industries of other countries for decades is […]

Editorial: Time for Trump to Rise to the Office

President Trump has adopted a strong nationalist stance and intends to prioritize American national interest over all else as he emphasized during his inaugural address when he said, “From this moment on, it’s going to be America first.”   While it is only natural that Trump should seek first to benefit his own country and […]

Editorial: Korea’s Stance on the Comfort Women Statues Is Self-Defeating

Last week, the Abe administration announced its response to the installation of a “comfort woman” statue in front of the Japanese Consulate General in Busan, Korea by recalling the ambassador to Korea and suspending negotiations on currency swaps.   It was a late, but unavoidable, response. These statues are both in violation of the agreement […]

Editorial: Trump’s Bullying of Toyota Is an Ominous Sign

President-elect Donald Trump has been rallying against American corporations that dare to move their production facilities overseas, and now he’s directing his rants against Toyota and its plans to build a new plant in Mexico.   What distinguishes this kind of tactic from the selective economic policies that he criticizes China for so vehemently?   […]