'Womenomics' achieves baby steps but social forces limit progress

Oct 29, 2015

'Womenomics' achieves baby steps but social forces limit progress

Two years after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made women’s advancement a policy priority, statistics suggest Japan’s male-dominated workplaces have evolved slightly, but they also highlight the deep-seated societal forces keeping the gender gap alive. The central government exceeded its 30 percent target for hiring ...

War leaders' scions want reconciliation

Aug 17, 2015

War leaders' scions want reconciliation

To Hidetoshi Tojo, his great-grandfather is a man in a black-and-white documentary film he saw some 30 years ago. In one scene that he watched, Hideki Tojo — a bald, bespectacled man with a mustache — is sitting at a war crimes tribunal in ...

Bullet trains get rude wake-up call

Jul 4, 2015

Bullet trains get rude wake-up call

A fatal shinkansen fire started by a pensioner’s self-immolation protest has revealed blind spots in one of Japan’s proudest achievements and finally triggered calls to action.

LDP gears up to revise Constitution

| May 2, 2015

LDP gears up to revise Constitution

As Japan’s conservative ruling Liberal Democratic Party gears up for a new push to achieve its long-sought goal of revising the country’s U.S.-drafted postwar Constitution, its first challenge will be winning over a divided public.