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.

Jan 24, 2014

Playing with fire is dangerous

Any moves that Japanese leaders make at this time to start the process of amending the Constitution would arouse strong feelings in Japan and abroad, against the nation's interests.

Jan 13, 2014

Abe should end Yasukuni visits

Ever since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Yasukuni Shrine last month, a former British ambassador to Japan has been trying to guess what Abe's motives for such an act could have been.

Dec 9, 2013

Brits feel squeeze on income

Although the British economy seem at least to be showing signs of recovery, it remains difficult for young people to get on the property ladder despite low interest rates.

Nov 11, 2013

The refugees deserving of tolerance

The belief that "charity begins at home" is used by many to justify their opposition to immigration and is reinforced by allegations that immigrants to Europe take jobs from locals.

Nov 7, 2013

Good, bad and ugly hacking

The trial of eight journalists and others accused of hacking private phones has begun in London. It is likely to last some six months and cost millions of pounds in fees to lawyers.

Oct 13, 2013

The freedom of belief and religion

Freedom of belief or religion is considered in democratic countries to be a fundamental human right and is enshrined in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Freedom of religion includes the right to change religion or not to have any religion. ...

Sep 22, 2013

Balancing freedom, security

The U.K. is not anywhere near George Orwell's "big brother society," but we all need to be alert to maintaining a fair balance between security and of freedom.