Feb 16, 2014

In the spirits of growth

Suntory Holdings Ltd.'s deal to buy Beam Inc. of the U.S. is the latest indication that heretofore risk-averse Japanese firms are becoming more aggressive in expanding overseas operations through mergers and acquisitions.

Feb 15, 2014

Helping female researchers soar

Dr. Haruko Obokata, 30, deserves all the global attention she has received for her breakthrough method in creating stem cells. How many other talented Japanese women out there could make great contributions to scientific research if they were judged by their motivation and ...

Feb 15, 2014

More foreigners working in Japan

Whether it's the willingness at more workplaces to accept diversity or the nationwide worker shortage, especially in the construction industry, more foreigners are working in Japan than ever before.

Feb 14, 2014

A bridge across the Taiwan Strait

For the first time since the end of China's civil war in 1949, official representatives from Beijing and Taipei sat down at the same table to discuss a shared future.

Feb 13, 2014

Pork-filled supplementary budget

The Diet's passage last week of a ¥5.465 trillion supplementary budget for fiscal 2013 is deceptive as it includes items that an expert panel had recommended eliminated from the fiscal 2014 budget last fall because they were deemed wasteful.

Feb 13, 2014

Transparent interrogations

It is time to refute, once and for all, the objections of police and prosecution officials and move forward to the day when the entire interrogation process for criminal susepcts, in principle, is recorded electronically.

Feb 12, 2014

Abe's Russia initiative

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should realize that his revisionist perception of Japan's war in the 1930s and '40s is putting Japan in a weak position diplomatically, especially with regard to its negotiations with Russia to resolve a northern territorial issue.

Feb 12, 2014

Prioritizing medical research

The Abe administration is seeking to establish a new system for the nation's medical research in which the government takes the lead role in pushing large-scale projects in the development of new drugs and medical technology.

Feb 11, 2014

Food safety measures fall short

The case of intentional food contamination by an employee at a subsidiary of Maruha Nichiro Holdings Inc. has exposed shortcomings in the product safety measures taken by Japanese food makers.

Feb 11, 2014

Protect Syria's suffering children

Since it began in March 2011, Syria's civil war has led to the deaths of as many as 10,000 children, with many more injured or missing. Japan must continue to do all it can to improve humanitarian relief.

Feb 10, 2014

Nuclear power remains an issue

Apparently Tokyoites want their new governor, Yoichi Masuzoe, to give full play to his experience as head of a social welfare ministry in improving the well-being of Tokyo residents.

Feb 10, 2014

Obstacles to green energy expansion

The review of the feed-in tariff system should not be perfunctory. The government should make serious efforts to remove obstacles to the expansion of renewable energy sources.