Jan 13, 2016

Abe's global contradictions

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talks big about Japan playing a greater role on the global stage, but the reality has been disappointing.

Dec 22, 2015

Oxford lessons for Todai

An international outlook, a dedication to research and a spirit of enterprise are among the qualities that universities need to become world-leading institutions.

Oct 26, 2015

Abe's magic doesn't work

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants Japan to believe there are magic solutions to the complex problems facing society, to the detriment of the nation.

Oct 20, 2015

Too early for TPP cheers

The Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations were a major blow against democracy and good governance, and the deal is studded with measures distorting capitalism and free markets.

Aug 18, 2015

Shinzo Abe's sorry apology

Critics of Shinzo Abe have to concede that he used the right buzzwords in his address marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the war. But did he really mean them?