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For Kevin Mckenna's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Apr 8, 2014

Would independent Scotland have its own spies?

If an independent Scotland does have to develop its own intelligence network, it will lead to an intriguing question in the independence debate: Who will pose the biggest threat to the physical and economic security of the state?

E-cigarettes are popular, but do they really work?

Sep 20, 2013

E-cigarettes are popular, but do they really work?

The rules governing personal conduct on the top deck of a Glasgow bus are known to international peacekeeping forces everywhere: keep your head down; do not make eye contact and on no account attempt to make polite conversation with strangers. Refrain too from making ...

Reformers set sights on Scotland's immense private estates

Aug 16, 2013

Reformers set sights on Scotland's immense private estates

On bleak Scottish moors and soft, mossy hills, the oldest and grandest theme park in the world rose on Aug. 12. The vast and sprawling sporting estates that possess most of Scotland’s surface thrummed with the frantically beating wings of grouse and echo to ...

Jul 8, 2010

Scrutinizing party goals

The Upper House election is Sunday. The election represents a chance for voters to give their verdict on the performance of the Democratic Party of Japan-led administration, which began in mid-September 2009 after a historic Lower House election ended decades of Liberal Democratic Party ...