Jan 17, 2014

Problematic nuclear accord

Japan should start considering right now how and whether it will assume liability for damages and casualties if a severe accident occurs at one of the four nuclear reactors that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is building with a French company in northern Turkey.

Russia ties deepening over energy, security

Jan 15, 2014

Russia ties deepening over energy, security

by Hiroki Sugita

Just 160 km from the northern tip of Hokkaido, Sakhalin is a desolate island that has long been ignored by world powers. Remnants of Japanese shrines are reminders that the island was governed by Imperial Japan until the end of World War II. Now ...

Jan 14, 2014

Japan's Obama problem

by Brahma Chellaney

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe does not appear to have considered the possibility that his pilgrimage to Yasukuni Shrine on Dec. 26 might end up helping China by deepening South Korea's antagonism toward Japan.

Jan 14, 2014

Lessons from the Diovan scandal

Fallout from the Diovan case in Japan suggests that clinical drug studies on patients should be financed either with public research funds or through formal funding contracts between pharmaceutical companies and the research institutions involved — rather than by pharma donations.

Jan 8, 2014

Shaky foundation for recovery

The Japanese economy appears to be on the recovery path for now, thanks to the policy of the Abe administration, but the effects from the consumption tax rise, beginning in April, and the extra financial burden that households can expect under the fiscal 2014 ...

Jan 8, 2014

Fee hike should boost medical care

Revenue from the average 0.1 percent increase in medical fees for the 2014 draft budget is expected to be used mainly to improve emergency medicine and pediatric and obstetrical treatment — fields where quality care has declined in some localities because of shortages of ...

Jan 8, 2014

Seoul calls for action to resolve disputes

The South Korean foreign minister called Tuesday for “sincere” actions to defuse the tension over wartime history in Northeast Asia, pressing Japanese leaders to take a more conciliatory tone. Yun Byung-se said after meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington that ...

Jan 4, 2014

Not all kids can fete the new year

The extreme poor in Japan make up a larger percentage of the poor than in all except five other OECD nations. The children of this group do not have the basics for learning.