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Race, Gender, Region: Understanding the Decline in U.S. Life Expectancy

By Thomas J. Bollyky
- via Foreign Affairs    Dec 16, 2017

Last week, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), part of the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, released its 2015 mortality statistics, which showed U.S. life expectancy fe...

South Korea’s infrastructure boondoggle a boon for cyclists

By Martha Mendoza,Youkyung Lee
- via The Japan Times    Jun 25, 2017

Bicyclists ride along a path near the Han river in Seoul on June 15. In a country where bikes are either a poor man's transportation or a weekend workout for spandex-clad racers, the longest and most highly engineered network of car-free paths in the world is being built through dense evergreen forests, down wildflower-lined river valleys and over steep mountain crests. | AP

In a country where bikes are either a poor man’s transportation or a weekend workout for spandex-clad racers, the longest and most highly engineered network ...

Trump’s unraveling Korea policy

By Kent Harrington
- via The Japan Times    Jun 25, 2017

With every tweet by Donald Trump, Asian officials find it more difficult to believe the U.S. remains committed to their security. Nowhere is that more ...

It’s OK to disrupt diplomacy, but do it with wisdom

via The Japan Times    Jun 25, 2017

The  Trump administration would do well to step up its 'soft diplomacy' efforts  given the 2018 budget cuts it is proposing for the U.S. State Department, headed by Rex Tillerson. | AP

More than ever, in this time of disruption and division, the need for smarter, enhanced U.S. engagement extends around the world.

North Korea seeks U.N. post for official, arousing concern over access to confidential information

via The Japan Times    Jun 25, 2017

North Korea has been pressing to secure a position at U.N. headquarters in New York for one of its officials through the world body’s work ...

Director Sunao Katabuchi shares his corner of this world

By Roland Kelts
- via The Japan Times    Jun 25, 2017

Breaking cultural boundaries:  A still from 'In This Corner of the World,' directed by Sunao Katabuchi (above left). | GENCO AND MAPPA

Last summer saw the release of what would become the highest grossing Japanese animation film to date, Makoto Shinkai’s “Your Name.,” which was also the ...

Court says Ivanka Trump must testify in suit over knock-off shoes

via The Japan Times    Jun 25, 2017

Ivanka Trump listens as President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on June 15. | AP

President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka must give testimony later this year in a lawsuit against her apparel company, which is accused of lifting designs from ...

Overruling diplomats, U.S. to drop Iraq and Myanmar from list of nations using child soldiers

via The Japan Times    Jun 24, 2017

Rex Tillerson | AP

In a highly unusual intervention, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to remove Iraq and Myanmar from a U.S. list of the world’s worst offenders ...

Qatar crisis: Solution seems far off after demands aired

via The Japan Times    Jun 24, 2017

A Qatari woman walks in front of the city skyline in the capital, Doha, in 2010. | AP

Faced with a sweeping set of demands, Qatar insisted Friday it can indefinitely survive the economic and diplomatic steps its neighbors have taken to try ...

Japan and ‘One Belt, One Road’

via The Japan Times    Jun 24, 2017

Shinzo Abe's recent warming up to Chinese trade initiatives is the right move.

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