Aug 9, 2013

Mr. Abe's constitutional runaround

Shinzo Abe's choice for Cabinet Legislation Bureau chief gives away his intention to seek a constitutional justification for Japan's right to "collective self-defense."

Aug 2, 2013

Smarter diplomacy needed

Given the importance of rebuilding ties with China, perhaps Shinzo Abe should reconsider his emphasis on "universal values" as part of his regional diplomacy.

Jun 11, 2013

Cease promoting nuclear power

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to move forward with the development of nuclear power technology represents his cynical disregard for the victims of the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Jun 8, 2013

Mr. Abe's 'third arrow' misses mark

If Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's goal of boosting Japan's per capita gross national income by ¥1.5 million in 10 years sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Jun 5, 2013

Abenomics cannot succeed without cheap nuclear power


Everybody knows that Japan has an energy crisis. We also know that the yen has greatly depreciated, by some 20 percent in just a few weeks. It’s time to put these two facts together. “Abenomics,” the shorthand for the aggressive economic strategies being pursued ...