Japan gave Taiwan manga, anime, and KTV. Taiwan is now returning the favor with bubble milk tea.
Taiwan’s total number of Covid-19 cases has climbed to at least 235, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC). 29 individuals have been released from treatment, while two deaths have taken place.
This SNA Speakeasy features Harunobu Yonenaga on the theme of “Coping with the Coronavirus in Japanese Rural Areas.”
This SNA Speakeasy features Tim Hornyak on the theme of “Flying Air Taxis are No Longer a Dream.”
The editors of the Japan Times published an announcement today regarding its now infamous “Editor’s Note” of November 2018, with the evident purpose of drawing a line under the affair and to recover their reputation for “fair, accurate and transparent journalism.” Unfortunately, it seems that the newspaper’s internal investigation bypassed all of the most serious and credible allegations.
This SNA Speakeasy features Chris Winkler on the theme of “Constitutional Revision After the Shinzo Abe Era.”
This SNA Speakeasy features Brian Hioe on the theme of “Chinese Nationalist Party at a Crossroads.”
There’s an oft-used expression in Japanese: sekinin tenka. Best translated as “passing the buck,” it’s a reflex of dodging blame for one’s own actions by transferring responsibility to others. For too long, Japan has done so on the world stage with impunity—even when it affects the world adversely.
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The Covid-19 crisis has elevated the visibility of the World Health Organization (WHO) as never before. Indeed, this may be the very first time that a bureaucratic agency of the United Nations, not the Security Council or General Assembly, has become a focus of global media attention. It is quite unfortunate, then, that the WHO’s main face at this crucial juncture has turned out to be a political hack.