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China rebuffs Germany’s call for U.S. missile pact with Russia

via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019

China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, speaks during the Munich Security Conference in the German city on Saturday. | REUTERS

China rejected on Saturday German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s appeal to join a Cold War-era arms control treaty that the United States accuses Russia of breaching, ...

India hosts first world championships of ‘yoga on a pole’

via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019

An Indian performs at the Mallakhamb World Championships in Mumbai on Saturday. | AFP-JIJI

Wearing only underpants, Pavel Kalina twists his body up a wooden pole before performing a handstand at the top in the first world championships of ...

Russia refuses to rush Japan peace treaty in blow to Abe

via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019

Russia has no time frame for agreeing a postwar peace treaty with Japan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Saturday, after he and Japanese counterpart ...

Male privilege: The rural Hong Kong men who have special rights

via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019

Democracy activist William Liu poses in the courtyard of Liu Man She Tong, an 18th-century ancestral hall belonging to his clan in Hong Kong's

Sitting in the spacious courtyard of an 18th-century ancestral hall belonging to his clan, William Liu defiantly rejects a lucrative birthright that his special status ...

The week ahead for Feb. 18 to Feb. 24

via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019

Monday Meeting to be held of state panel tasked with settling dispute between central and Okinawa governments over relocation plan for key U.S. air base ...

Whitewashing racial bias: The ball’s in Japan’s court

By John G. Russell
- via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019

Drawn stateless: The Japanese characters in manga and anime are often drawn in such a way that they look mukokuseki (stateless). However, this way of illustrating tends to favor white people. | GETTY IMAGES

In what felt something like a case of deja vu from last year’s Masatoshi Hamada blackface fiasco, Japan welcomed in 2019 with yet another racially ...

Bank of Japan’s growing global challenges

By Sayuri Shirai
- via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019


It will be a very long time before the Bank of Japan takes any clear steps toward normalization.

Why the world shouldn’t expect North Korea to denuclearize

By Robert E. Kelly
- via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019

We likely need to adjust to the medium-term reality of North Korea as a nuclear weapons state.

Find an answer to the question of same-sex marriage

via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019

The government, lawmakers and other parties concerned should hold broad discussions on the issue to reach a concensus.

Trump hails China’s use of death penalty for drug dealers

via The Japan Times    Feb 16, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a speech from the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on Friday. | AFP-JIJI

President Donald Trump on Friday praised China’s use of capital punishment for drug dealers, suggesting that the United States would deal better with narcotics trafficking ...

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