Ending Japan's sexism requires men to lean in, too

Jun 21, 2014

Ending Japan's sexism requires men to lean in, too

Ayaka Shiomura’s tears show why Shinzo Abe’s talk of empowering Japan’s women is still more hot air than policy. The Tokyo assemblywoman two days ago urged colleagues to budget assistance for women struggling to balance work and child rearing, and to offer funding for ...

Jun 14, 2014

Noda says Abe buying into 'voodoo economics'

Sour grapes are in season in Tokyo as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s predecessor steps up and slams the incumbent’s tax plans. However, beneath the bad feelings and twinge of regret, Yoshihiko Noda makes a very timely point when he accuses Abe of buying into ...

May 5, 2014

Malaysia's jet, Korea's ferry tell larger stories

Tragedy has struck Malaysia and South Korea in recent weeks, with the travails of searching for a lost airliner and of recovering bodies from a sunken ferry played out in horrifying detail on the world's TV screens. Unlike Malaysia, though, South Korea is likely ...

Apr 29, 2014

Ferry crisis transports South Korea back to 1997

If South Korean President Park Geun-hye acts boldly and transparently to investigate the many failures that led to the Sewol ferry tragedy, her administration can still recover, and the nation's loss of face globally will be fleeting.