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.

Sep 6, 2013

U.K.'s response to Syrian crisis

Prime Minister David Cameron badly mishandled the issue of whether Britain should take part in a punitive attack on the Assad government for its alleged use of chemical weapons.

Aug 4, 2013

Japan's British investments

A Japan government memorandum could be warning Britain that if it decides to leave the EU, Japanese companies will relocate investments away from the U.K.

Jul 9, 2013

Revolution and democracy

The military coup in Egypt and the arrest of President Mohamed Morsi do not signal the end either of the Arab spring or of progress toward adopting democratic norms.

Jun 5, 2013

Butchery on a London street

The brutal and flagrant murder of an off-duty British soldier on a street in a London suburb in broad daylight on May 22 has caused both shock and horror in Britain. The two alleged assailants were British nationals of Nigerian origin in their 20s ...

May 16, 2013

UKIP rides wave of discontent

Britain as well as Japan must contend with xenophobic anti-establishment parties and politicians who want to take their nations back to imaginary periods of isolation.

May 10, 2013

Vicissitudes of health care

We sometimes forget how lucky we are to have access to today's health care, compared to that of even a century ago, but there is still so much room for improvement.

Apr 17, 2013

The 'Iron Lady' and Japan

Margaret Thatcher was a role model for Japanese women and her combination of talents as a politician and scientist has had an important impact on Japanese attitudes.