Feb 12, 2016

Beijing's misplaced anger

If Beijing wants to promote peace and security in Asia, it should help counter the sources of instability, instead of denying governments the means to defend themselves.

Feb 11, 2016

Intimidation via the Broadcast Law

Communications minister Sanae Takaichi's statement strengthens the case for creating a neutral, independent body to take charge of broadcasting administration, including the issuance and withdrawals of licenses.

Feb 9, 2016

A turning point in Syria?

The Syrian government and its backers appear to be succeeding in their goal to wipe out moderate opposition forces that the international community could rally to replace President Bashir Assad.

Feb 8, 2016

Yet another Pyongyang provocation

The international community, in particular China and the U.S., need to serious consider why their North Korean policies are failing to curb Pyongyang's ambitions.

Feb 6, 2016

Science and technology plan

Hopefully the government's new five-year plan for science and technology plan will reverse a disturbing decrease in the quality and quantity of Japanese research.

Feb 5, 2016

Widening asbestos compensation

The government should work out a scheme to provide relief to construction workers who suffered health damage from asbestos, which was widely used during Japan's construction boom.