Saturday, January 31, 2015
The period between Christmas and Chinese New Year is a period of grave reflection. In East Asia, the holiday season coincides with travel and family time, when we question friends and relatives about what to expect in the coming year. You know the year will be good if after Chinese New Year, either the stock market or the real estate market signals up. If they signal down, look for a weak year for the economy.
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un looks set to take an initial, tentative step onto the global stage with a visit in May to Russia — his first trip abroad since coming to power three years ago.
Every year, without fail, course books do not reach students of public schools at the start of the academic session.
While America seems transfixed on a spate of six separate Middle East crises, there's been far less attention paid on the brewing storm in Europe. Thus as political/military efforts are focused on trying to sort out Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Iran, Washington policymakers have been blindsided by fast unraveling events in Ukraine. We had better take notice of a very dangerous situation.
Friday, January 30, 2015
Interpellations by ruling and opposition party members on the fiscal policy speech delivered by Finance Minister Taro Aso started at the House of Representatives on Tuesday. This is the first full-fledged debate since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's third Cabinet was inaugurated.
The German economy has entered the New Year on a high note, with low prices and the slump in the value of the euro helping to brighten the growth prospects for Europe's economic powerhouse.
A bitter tug-of-war between Islamists vying for power and influence was behind this week's deadly assault on a top Libyan hotel that was claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group, experts say.
The 18-year-old Korean boy believed to have joined the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria began suffering from school violence when he was in elementary school. He confined himself to his home, seldom talking to his parents, after dropping out of middle school.
Western women who join Islamic State (IS) militants are driven by the same ideological passion as many male recruits and should be seen as potentially dangerous cheerleaders, not victims, experts said Wednesday.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Even as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned the killing of one of two Japanese hostages held by the Islamic State militant group, critics have pointed the finger at the Japanese premier for his more robust foreign policy and in particular a recent trip to the Middle East.