Apr 9, 2014

Aim for lasting peace in Africa

Sadly, 20 years after the start of the genocide in Rwanda, in some African countries conflict and suppression of human rights are all too commonplace.

Apr 4, 2014

Opportunity to rethink whaling

The government should take the International Court of Justice's ruling against Japan's Antarctic whaling activities as a cue to work out ways to balance declining consumer demand for whale meat with the desire of some to preserve the nation's whaling tradition.

Feb 13, 2014

Japan may lift ban on arms sales to U.N.

The government is considering enabling supply of defense equipment to the United Nations and other international organizations as part of its rethink of the country’s arms export ban, sources said Wednesday. The plan is under study based on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policy of ...

Jan 30, 2014

East Asia tensions on display at U.N. Security Council

The tensions gripping East Asia flared Wednesday at a U.N. Security Council debate on war and peace. China, along with North and South Korea, blamed Japan for the deepening animosity and lambasted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine, which honors Japan’s war ...

Jan 22, 2014

China, Koreas rap Japan over history at U.N. meet

Representatives from China and the two Koreas criticized Japan over historical issues at a Monday executive board meeting of the U.N. Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, Japanese officials at the world body said. Their criticism was leveled at Prime Minister ...

U.N. bill to give children a voice on violations

Jan 15, 2014

U.N. bill to give children a voice on violations

A new legal instrument will soon allow children from 10 countries to complain to a key U.N. committee if they believe their human rights have been violated. The optional protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child received the required 10th ratification ...