UNESCO and Japan

If Japan is unhappy with the way UNESCO is run, it should present rational proposals to improve the operation from within instead of by resorting to financial pressures.

Oct 21, 2016

Another snap election?

Prime Minister Abe should consider whether yet another election is in the interests of voters — especially if it's to be held with the disparity in the value of votes between constituencies uncorrected.

Oct 18, 2016

SDF's expanding missions

Lawmakers in the Diet should once again scrutinize how far the administration intends to expand the SDF's overseas missions under Abe's call for "proactive contribution to peace" and how that should be controlled.

Oct 17, 2016

The times they are a-changin'

Throughout his career, Bob Dylan's songs have struck a chord with the young and young at heart around the world. It is hard to imagine a "purer" or more deserving form of literature.

Oct 15, 2016

Cost of pulling plug on reactors

The government is thinking about ways to protect major electricity suppliers from the massive costs they face to decommission their nuclear reactors.

Oct 11, 2016

A good choice, yet still disappointing

The failure to follow through on the expectation that the next U.N. secretary-general would be a woman is a reminder of the flaws in that selection process and the glass ceiling that more than half the world's population continues to confront.