Important diplomatic issues for Japan today include improving ties with China and South Korea and strengthening its alliance with the United States.
The relationship between South Korea and Japan is set to go through a sensitive time, as relations could be aggravated by a series of coming events, including Japan's celebration of a day for Dokdo islets next month.
When Chen Shui-bian was first elected president in 2000, his election was hailed as a triumph for democracy that put an end to Taiwan's half a century of one-party rule by the Kuomintang.
- Joe Hung
As far as the availability of higher education for Texas students, things are going in the wrong direction.
A survey conducted by the Japanese government last year showed that more than 66 percent of Japanese citizens perceived South Korea negatively. This proportion, up from 58 percent in 2013, was the highest since Tokyo began the survey in 1978.
I have never written an obituary, and do not plan to try to write one here. In my view, an “obit” is mostly about the past. It speaks of someone's life now having come to an end. An obituary reviews a few milestones of that person's story, and tells us in an apparently objective way why we might want to remember her or him.
In this modern Internet world where everyone can proffer an opinion, tell a story, post pictures, inform the public of important events — and spread malicious lies — we need to be steady.
Not only Indonesia, but also Southeast Asia, received a religious vote of confidence when the archipelagic nation's two most influential Islamic organizations decided to deploy volunteers to enhance security during Christmas.
It's time once again to peer into the crystal snow-globe to try to decipher and predict what we may expect ahead in 2015. After a dangerously tumultuous past year, the dust has yet to settle on a score of crises ranging from the man made chaos of the Middle East to the medical Ebola emergency in West Africa.
As we step into 2015, it would appear that on the back of a U.S. economic recovery, the dark days of the financial crisis are behind us. As the largest economy, accounting for more than one-fifth of global gross domestic product, the health of the U.S. economy has been critical for steady growth in the rest of the world through trade, foreign investment, financial markets and capital flows. Until now.