Sep 21, 2015

U.K. Labour swings back to the left

Jeremy Corbyn's rise to power in Britain's Labour Party is a manifestation of a deep unease that can produce more extreme candidates on the right and the left.

Sep 20, 2015

Onaga's challenge on Henoko

Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga might lose the legal battle that's likely coming over his revocation of landfill approval for the Futenma replacement base, but Tokyo would be wise to consider the public sentiment behind his move.

Sep 19, 2015

Finding the right minimum wage

Raising the minimum wage in each prefecture will help achieve broad-based pay increases, but could also cause difficulties for small and medium-size businesses.

Sep 16, 2015

Security questions go unanswered

Many of the questions and doubts about the legislation that remained from the Lower House deliberations were also never answered in the Upper House.

Sep 14, 2015

End the nuclear 'safety myth'

The International Atomic Energy Agency's final report on the Fukushima disaster provides a stark lesson on the need to avoid slipping into the same old "safety myth" surrounding nuclear power.

Sep 11, 2015

Discouraging end to Henoko talks

The lack of progress in talks between the national government and the Okinawan government over the Futenma relocation plan was unsurprising, given the Abe administration's unwillingness to pay heed to anti-base sentiment in Okinawa.

Sep 10, 2015

Dubious peacekeeping law revision

Proposed revisions to the United Nations peacekeeping law contained in the security bills now in the Diet contain serious ramifications for the Self-Defense Forces.