Jan 19, 2015

Building peace in the Arab world

Four years after the Arab Spring of hoped-for democratization, Japan needs to extend steady support for efforts to build peace in the Arab world and tolerance of diversified views and opinions.

Jan 19, 2015

Okada has his work cut out

Katsuya Okada, the new leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, had better set a clear policy direction for Japan's largest opposition party if he hopes to have it come back from its 2012 fall from power.

Jan 18, 2015

Rajapaksa's surprise

While the new president of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, says he wants to build a nation based on Buddhist principles of nonviolence and compassion, it is not clear if he is prepared to investigate charges that war crimes were committed during the 26-year-long civil ...

Jan 17, 2015

Now what after coming of age?

This year's increase in the number of 20-year-olds celebrating Coming-of-Age Day was welcome. But the upswing is only temporary and there are questions about whether young people are ready to take up the adult challenges in Japan's rapidly aging society.

Jan 17, 2015

Washoku vying with fast food

On the one hand, Japan has a rich culinary tradition of unique, world-renowned cuisine. On the other is the free-market system of fast-food consumption. Which direction will Japanese choose in the future?

Jan 16, 2015

The Kobe quake, 20 years on

A new generation has grown up since the Great Hanshin Earthquake of Jan. 17, 1995 — the first mega-quake to hit a large metro area in postwar Japan — and we still have much to learn from the experience.

Jan 16, 2015

Uphold safety in gas liberalization

While market liberalization of retail gas sales should be pursued in order to lower fees for consumers, the arguments by major gas suppliers for a safe and stable supply of city gas make sense.

Jan 15, 2015

Deplorable rejection of a retrial

A Nagoya court uses a depolorable rationale to reject the eighth request for retrial of an 88-year-old death row inmate convicted of fatally poisoning five women in 1961.

Jan 15, 2015

Cost of putting off reform

The draft government budget for fiscal 2015 paints a positive picture with regard to expectations of more tax revenue but indicates little effort to rein in government spending to restore Japan's financial health.

Jan 14, 2015

Risky nursing care cutbacks

The government should carefully monitor the nursing care industry to ensure that budgetary cutbacks do not reduce quality of their services.

Jan 14, 2015

Avoid undue toll on athletes

Venue changes aimed at reducing the ballooning costs of the 2020 Olympic Games should be made in a manner that does not take an undo toll on the athletes.

Jan 13, 2015

Strong-arming Okinawa's governor

A reported Abe administration plan to sharply trim spending on measures to spur Okinawa's economy in fiscal 2015 smacks of an attempt to coerce Okinawa's new governor into ending his resistance to construction of a new U.S. military facility in the prefecture.