Participation in society should be barrier-free

| Feb 27, 2016

Participation in society should be barrier-free

When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe formed a task force last year to promote greater citizen involvement in whatever it is he is trying to accomplish, many people objected to the name of the group. “Ichioku Sokatsuyaku” reminded them of a slogan used before and ...

Peeling back the layers of money politics

| Feb 20, 2016

Peeling back the layers of money politics

Last week the Asahi Shimbun reported on the relationship between Japan’s larger corporations and the Liberal Democratic Party. Since regaining power in 2012, the LDP announced it would cut corporate taxes at rates that are twice those proposed by the previous Democratic Party of ...

Imperial couple take stand for remembrance

| Feb 6, 2016

Imperial couple take stand for remembrance

In recent years, the Imperial couple have made an effort to leave behind a meaningful legacy by visiting World War II battlefields. The idea is to ensure that future generations of Japanese do not forget the war and its bitter lessons. However, until they ...

The ups and downs of apartment elevators

| Feb 6, 2016

The ups and downs of apartment elevators

In the 2014 American movie, “5 Flights Up,” Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton play an elderly couple who think about selling their two-bedroom Brooklyn apartment. Since they have lived in the unit all their married life, the decision is a difficult one, and the ...