Apr 2, 2016

China's tight control of speech

Chinese President Xi Jinping's stringent control of speech and media outlets could increase public frustration — a potential source of social instability.

Mar 31, 2016

Half-hearted decentralization effort

The poor results of the Abe administration's attempt to move national government functions out of Tokyo cast doubts as to how serious the administration is about pursuing its much-hyped policy of revitalizing regional economies by creating more jobs outside the capital.

Mar 29, 2016

Security legislation takes effect

Japan's postwar defense posture underwent a major change this week as new security legislation took effect, but how the government plans to implement the laws remains unclear.

Mar 26, 2016

Happiness in short supply

Ranked 53rd out of 156 countries, Japan is a less happy place now than it was a decade ago, according to the World Happiness Report.