Jul 7, 2014

Let dinosaur aspirations die

British and Japanese politicians need to recognize that the power and influence of their countries are no longer what they used to be and that their governments must "cut their cloth."

Jun 12, 2014

Challenges of 1944 remain

Many of the challenges facing the world in June 1944 have still to be fully met. Occasions such as the recent memorial ceremonies at Normandy evoke sad memories as well as valuable self-reflection.

Jun 2, 2014

EU shock may spur reforms

The political gains made by right-wing parties in the European parliamentary election may prompt centrists to make the positive case for immigration more forcibly as well as reforms in how the EU is governed.

May 26, 2014

Are disasters inherent risks?

Clearly current measures worldwide to cope with disasters and threats to human life are considered inadequate, yet some people in Britain think that overbearing health and safety regulations are curbing the spirt of adventure in the young.

May 13, 2014

Human rights and religion

The kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by the extremist Islamic sect Boko Haram, which condemns Western education for women, spotlights the question of whether religious beliefs can ever be allowed to override "accepted norms" and human rights.

Mar 18, 2014

Combating climate change

Britain's former ambassador to Japan urges public pressure on governments to stop their shilly-shalling over unresolved questions about whether human activity is contributing the most to climate change and to get on with concluding effective agreements on curbing carbon emissions.

Feb 18, 2014

NHK's neutrality is essential

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's expression of right-wing extremism has not aroused much attention in British media so far, but if the risks of a confrontation with China escalate, memories of the maltreatment of British POWs during the Pacific War are certain to be revived.

Feb 4, 2014

Abe's reactionary leadership

The Japanese government has so far failed to give meaningful reassurances about how the reactionary and potentially dangerous state secrets law, rammed through the Japanese Diet in December, will operate.