Category: Japan

Scandal or no, Aso should quit

NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW Finance minister bears responsibility for economic reform failures William Pesek For Shinzo Abe’s government, it is the scandal that just will not go away. A year ago, his premiership was threatened by allegations of cronyism involving a sweetheart land deal. Abe’s inner circle denied directing the sale of state-owned land at 14%

Japan asks wrong question about Olympic Games

JAPAN TIMES BY WILLIAM PESEK FEB 27, 2018 The amazing Olympics extravaganza South Korea just pulled off in Pyeongchang is raising stress levels in Tokyo. How, oh how, do we top that? The geopolitical kumbaya moment with North Korea. That K-pop show of force. Those adorable mascots that went viral. That otherworldly closing ceremony. The splashy