Nov 19, 2015

Japan's population problem

Japan's political and business leaders appear to be taking an ostrich-like approach to the severe demographic challenges that lie ahead.

Nov 13, 2015

Japan's place in the world

Once renowned for its economic success, recent business scandals have diminished Japan's influence and prestige on the world stage.

Oct 20, 2015

Abe eroding Japan's soft power

Japan's considerable soft power is being undermined by political insensitivity, provocative policies and a reluctance or inability to explain and justify.

The Syrian crisis's tangled web

Sep 20, 2015

The Syrian crisis's tangled web

Syria is a tangled web of humanitarian, political and religious complexities that seem impossible to disentangle. Yet if solutions are not found the flood tide of refugees and human misery will only grow worse.

Aug 5, 2015

Hiroshima after 70 years

If the war had not been brought to an end in August 1945 with the atomic bombings, many Japanese who went on to see the revival of Japan would not have survived.