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.

Feb 9, 2014

Samuragochi's shameful deception

What are fans of the supposedly deaf composer Mamoru Samuragochi to make of the revelation that another composer has ghostwritten more than 20 classical music scores credited to Samuragochi for the past 18 years?

Feb 9, 2014

Wages of an economic upturn

Indications are that Japan may finally be on its way out of deflation, but prices are rising faster than workers' wages and the consumption tax hike in April will add to the burden on households.

Feb 8, 2014

Democrat rocks Obama's boat

Opposition by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the top-ranking Democrat in the upper house of Congress, to executive Trade Promotion Authority is a blow to President Barack Obama's plans for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Feb 7, 2014

NHK's credibility at stake

Two of the more recent appointees to the NHK Board of Governors show their stripes so to speak by denying that the 1937 Nanjing Massacre happened, on one hand, and writing an essay in praise of the Emperor as a "living god" on the ...

Feb 6, 2014

Hashimoto's self-serving gambit

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's resignation Friday before the city assembly is nothing more than a political maneuver to bypass a snag he encountered in his plan to integrate Osaka Prefecture and the city of Osaka.

Feb 6, 2014

Same old Thai stalemate

The political crisis in Thailand appears set to drag on as vote disruptions in Sunday's general election threaten to push back by several months the establishment of a new parliament.

Feb 5, 2014

Stalemate in Syria

The first round of Syrian peace talks began in controversy, proceeded in the most formal of terms, then concluded after a week with a whimper. A second round is uncertain.

Feb 4, 2014

A divide is deepening in Ukraine

As the country threatens to erupt in civil war, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych returned from a four-day sick leave that he'd taken on the heels of the resignation of Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov.