When news of Nepal's earthquake broke on Saturday, my first thoughts turned to the many Nepalis I met on my two trips there.
It will be an interesting time this October when the mainland reveals its trump card. And when it does so, it might lead to a wake-up call for the global financial markets.
2015/4/28, 1 Comment
A few weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States, two al-Qaida operatives arrived separately in Singapore to start scouting for targets.
It was a long time ago when Masaru Ogawa, editor of the Japan Times for eight years till 1977, told me of his encounter with U.S. ambassador in Tokyo Edwin O. Reischauer. Ogawa, a Nisei born in Los Angeles, told Reischauer, the son born in Tokyo of Presbyterian educational missionary parents, he didn't believe the United States would come to the rescue of Japan if the Soviets attacked Japan with atomic bombs, though mutual defense is obligated in the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty.
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In the beginning, the news story requires a bit of patience just to keep the details straight. By the time you get to the end of it, however, you may find you've plumb run out of patience and are feeling not merely unhappy, but angry.
2015/4/26, 2 Comments
While much of the media and many politicians have become obsessed with the nuclear negotiations involving Iran, unrelated and also underreported talks have achieved important progress.
The rhetoric reached the heights of the Himalayas, the pomp and pageantry evoked that of an operetta, but the political optics delivered a clearly focused political message: Pakistan has a firm and reliable friend in the People's Republic of China.
2015/4/25, 1 Comment
Grief is difficult to deal with but everyone knows what it's like: it begins as a harrowing feeling of numbness that pervades your body, and only much later will you start to grasp the magnitude of the loss.
On Wednesday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed "deep remorse" for Japan's World War II aggression at the Asian-African Summit, but stopped short of apologies.
In addition to the lows and highs as well as chances of precipitation, we ought to be paying attention to particle pollution forecasts as we prepare for the day. Not doing so could shorten your life.