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Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

Coral Sea Mythology: Malcolm Turnbull’s Fictions

AFP photo   By Binoy Kampmark The sea and bodies of water are as good as any in creating myths. Out of the water come creation myths: the heaving gorgeousness of Venus, emerging from raised foam, vitality captured in the enduring painting by Sandro Botticelli.

Addressing the dire needs of displaced Rohingyas from Myanmar to Bangladesh

AFP photo   By Sheuli Akter Since October 2016, an estimated 74,000 Rohingya people from Myanmar have arrived in Cox’s Bazar District, some 292 km southeast of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka.

North Korea should stop crying wolf when there is one at their door

EPA photo   By Hazel Speed With the news that the largest Japanese warship is now escorting a US supply vessel, and the French and British Fleets are also included in military exercises whilst North Korea keep launching dud fireworks until they get it right, then it cannot be doubted this whole flotilla of military […]

Trump is not Kennedy and this is 2017

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed Those of us who recall The Bay of Pigs, even though we were children, just by listening to the news and hearing what our parents thought on the issues, we knew that we were at risk of missiles being used. Everyone was nervous. The same feeling has now returned, […]

Fukushima: A deadly environmental threat beyond the Pacific

Reuters photo   By Zeeshan A. Shah In March 2011 Japan was devastated by a deadly earthquake followed by a giant Tsunami that led to the deaths of over 6000 people. Six years after, the areas of Northern Japan bear witness to a wasteland inhabited by wild boars as human populations had vanished after the […]

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: Trumped in Southeast Asia

Ahn Young-joon/AP   By Cynthia M. Lardner U.S. foreign policy in Southeast Asia in light of President-Elect Donald Trump’s administration is drifting off to sea placing the U.S. in a precarious position of isolationism in a region where China and Russia have been aggressively building alliances and partnerships. Amidst shifting global relationships and allegiances this […]

Who are you friends with today?

AFP photo   By Siddhartha Rastogi   In Politics you don’t have friends or foes, you have only Opportunity! Opportunity!! & Opportunity!!!

Obama in Vietnam – a view from Australia

EPA photo   By Rupen Savoulian US President Barack Obama made a well-publicised visit to two Asian countries in May 2016 – Japan and Vietnam. Specifically, he toured Hanoi, addressed the Vietnamese national congress and its ruling Communist Party, and then went on a historic tour of Japan.

Japan and IOM team to improve border management in South Sudan

By Peter Louis The Government of Japan and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) delivered two training manuals to the Government of South Sudan to improve border and migration management across the country.

Japan supports landmine program in DRC

By Darell Maurice Japan has donated US$2 million in support of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) to enable it to conduct humanitarian mine action in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Japan provides funds to support emergency relief work in South Sudan

By Peter Louis The Government of Japan has announced a contribution of US$3.2 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to support WFP’s lifesaving relief operations in South Sudan, including specialized nutrition treatment for mothers and children and a critical aviation service for humanitarian workers.

Japan provides funds and ambulances to save lives of mothers and children in South Sudan

By Peter Louis The Government of Japan, based on its commitment to support the people of South Sudan and through partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), delivered three ambulances to health facilities in three conflict-affected locations where there are 250,000 women of reproductive age in need of obstetric services.

The China-Pak Economic Corridor

  By Sattar Rind April of this year brought the new phase of Sino-Pakistan relations when Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Pakistan and signed a $46 billion agreement with its government under the title of the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The World we knew: Revisiting the Second World War

  By Anant Mishra Today, World War II is considered to be one of the bloodiest wars in the history of mankind, especially when the casualty list exceeds sixty million, most of which were civilians.

Hard Truth with Anant Mishra: Understanding the need to reform the United Nations Security Council

  By Anant Mishra Introduction “We need a reform of the Security Council. It must be perceived as truly representative of all 193 member states, to uphold the credibility and legitimacy of the UN as the main political arena” – Anna Lindh (former Foreign Minister of Sweden and former Chairman at the Council of the European […]

The Role of Economic Policy in the Prevention of Conflict

  By Anant Mishra “If poverty and economic instability are so often the root causes of war, then getting the economics right is key to sustainable peace and preventing countries from falling back into conflict.  Effective governing institutions are also critical to building a lasting peace. ” – Marek Belka, former UNECE Executive Secretary.

JAPAN’S ‘CONSUMPTIVE’ ECONOMY

  By Anant Mishra It is taking a great deal of effort for the Prime Minister to keep his nerve over the Consumption Tax, but the question is for how long?

PREVENTING BRIBERY AND CORRUTION IN POLITICAL PROCESSSES BY IMPLEMENTING INTERNATIONAL GUIDELINES

  By Anant Mishra The prevention of bribery and corruption in political processes is a key challenge to the effective and undiscriminating operation of the public sector as well as sound policy making in many countries across the globe. It is an unfortunate fact that public officials often take advantage of their position, in order […]