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.

Abe, hostages labeled troublemakers in conformist Japan

| Feb 6, 2015

Abe, hostages labeled troublemakers in conformist Japan

In a nation where conformity takes precedence over individuality, one of the most important values is to avoid “meiwaku” — causing trouble for others. And sympathy aside, the two Japanese purportedly slain by the Islamic State group are now widely viewed as troublemakers. So ...

How the lives of hostages Yukawa and Goto became intertwined

Jan 22, 2015

How the lives of hostages Yukawa and Goto became intertwined

One is a freelance journalist respected for his reporting on refugees and children in war zones. The other is a man who seems obsessed with guns and went to Syria to train with fighters. Despite their differing backgrounds and passions, their paths had crossed ...