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Rajaram Panda

The writer is ICCR India Chair Visiting Professor at Reitaku University, Japan

Despite differences, Japan and China crave peace

Sunday, 11 Feb 2018 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

A history of mistrust clouds Japan-China ties. Despite the bad blood, Japanese Foreign Minister’s recent visit to China proves there’s still some hope, says Dr RAJARAM PANDA Despite strong economic fundamentals in the Japan-China relations, there are several other problems — historical, political and territorial — that remain as constant irritants...

From look East to act East

Sunday, 14 Jan 2018 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

During the past three and a half years that Modi has been in power, it is not difficult to see the extent of understanding India has achieved in the political, economic, and strategic domains vis-ŗ-vis the region Ever since India launched its Look East policy in the 1990s following liberalisation of...

Shinzo Abe aims to fulfil unrealised dreams

Sunday, 31 Dec 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

The Prime Minister’s dream to create a ‘beautiful Japan’ could be near realisation if his policies are implemented and executed as planned, says Rajaram Panda Though it is difficult to predict the destiny of a country for the next five years or so, it could be possible to foresee the trends...

South Korea upbeat to host PyeongChang Winter Olympics

Sunday, 17 Dec 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

South Korea is keen that its Northern neighbour shows a bigger heart by keeping away all its nuclear activities and takes part in the Games, says Rajaram Panda Amid all the tensions stemming from North Korea’s nuclear tests and missile firings at regular intervals in recent months, South Korea is defiant...

Expanding connectivity via Chabahar Port

Sunday, 10 Dec 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

Development of this port makes huge economic and strategic sense for India as it wants to bypass Pakistan, which does not allow transit of Indian goods through its territory, says Rajaram Panda The outreach initiative of the Narendra Modi Government covering almost all continents of the world — Asia, Africa, Europe,...

Vietnam leapfrogs to world stage

Sunday, 26 Nov 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

The 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit has helped elevate the S-E Asian country’s diplomatic profile and marked a milestone in Da Nang’s socio-economic development The month of November 2017 saw a flurry of international diplomacy in Asia when top leaders of the world descended first in the beautiful Vietnamese coastal...

Shinzo Abe’s victory ensures political stability

Sunday, 29 Oct 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

His reworking of Parliament and economy is a blessing for not just coalition Government and young Japan, but also for India, explains RAJARAM PANDA There was an element of surprise when Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the dissolution of the Lower House of the Diet more than a year ahead...

Malaise in the Japanese society

Sunday, 22 Oct 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

The main cause of this malaise is that in an extremely homogeneous society, with a deeply fixed mindset of conformity, people with different opinions are often singled out and attacked, often leading to suicides, writes Rajaram Panda Is Japan a happy country? The image that Japan evokes to an outsider is...

Snap polls in Japan: Securing political stability

Sunday, 01 Oct 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

All parties need to jointly address the common security challenge, and frequent power shifts, like in the past, should not be repeated, opines Rajaram Panda In a surprise announcement on September 25, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stunned the nation and declared to dissolve the House of Representatives (Lower House) on...

Constitutional revision debate in Japan

Sunday, 17 Sep 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

Ever since Japan’s Constitution was promulgated 70 years ago, not a single change has been made in it. But PM Abe wants to change this trend and has resolved to complete the process before his term ends, writes Rajaram Panda In an extremely controversial and massive shift for the country’s pacifist...


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