An ongoing corruption probe into a group of pan-Green and pan-Blue politicians accused of taking bribes in a case related to the ownership of the Pacific Sogo department store chain has the potential to be a major scandal faced by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and for the Tsai Ing-wen administration.
Dateline Tokyo, our series of short reports on major news developments in Japan, for August 2020
A roundup of the most significant news stories from Japan reported in the last half of July 2020.
This SNA Speakeasy features Kazuto Suzuki on the theme of “Security Implications of the Japan Space Program”
Japanese parodist Mad Amano explains the purpose of political parody and describes Shinzo Abe’s efforts to suppress his work.
New Bloom (Taipei) — Nationalist Party (KMT) Kaohsiung mayoral by-election candidate, Jane Lee, also known as Li Mei-jhen, has come under public scrutiny after accusations that she plagiarized her master’s thesis. Lee’s master’s degree was from National Sun Yat-sen University and she currently serves as
The Covid-19 crisis became a dominating issue for the world, and Japan is no exception.
This SNA Speakeasy features Koichi Nakano on the theme of “Covid Countermeasures and Japanese Politics.”
Changhua is a county of contradictions. It’s Taiwan’s largest by population but doesn’t have a single department store. It’s full of farms and conservative values, and will also be home to Taiwan’s only legal red-light district if local councilors get their way.
On June 15, Defense Minister Taro Kono announced a suspension of the deployment of the Aegis Ashore missile interception system—a suspension that ten days later became a cancellation. The progression from deciding to deploy Aegis Ashore, to cancelling it, to considering alternatives, reveals policy formation fraught with dysfunction.