Commentary Topics

Oct 24, 2014

Western media distorts Japan

by Gregory Clark

Those two favorite targets for Western moralizing about Japanese corporate corruption — Olympus (cameras) and Recruit (information) — are back in the headlines. Both typify the shallowness of much Western reporting in Japan.

Oct 24, 2014

Give Abe a break on 'womenomics'

by Noah Smith

What matters for Japan — after two female ministers resigned this week from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet — is not the number of women in the Cabinet, but whether Japanese women get good jobs en masse.

Oct 17, 2014

Don't overstate Japan 'danger'

by Denny Roy

Chinese allegations that the Abe government is moving toward a militarist foreign policy demonstrate China's inability or unwillingness to acknowledge that current Chinese behavior contributes to the enhancements in Japanese security policy that China wishes to avoid.

Oct 17, 2014

Rule 1: 'Don't do stupid stuff'

by Yoichi Funabashi

The challenge for the Obama administration as it "rebalances" toward the Asia-Pacific is that diplomatic and economic interactions lag military ties. That's why a system of trans-Pacific free trade in the region is vital.

Oct 7, 2014

Abenomics' women problem

by Yuriko Koike

The key to Abenomics' success may turn on whether the Japanese people are convinced that more women in the workforce are essential to their country's economic revival, and on whether they will support efforts to establish institutions that support working women.