Kids wasting too much time online

A Cabinet Office survey finds that the amount of time that Japanese youngsters spend on the Internet with mobile or smartphones has increased 50 percent from a 2010 survey.

Abu Ghaith is convicted

Late last month a New York court found Sulaiman Abu Ghaith guilty of multiple charges of conspiring to kill Americans and supporting acts of terrorism, in a trial that critics ...

Apr 15, 2014

Flawed foreign labor plan

The Abe administration's sudden plan to use participants in a controversial foreign trainee program to fill manpower shortages in the nation's construction industry smacks of a ploy that benefits only Japan. The government must first consider how these workers' rights will be protected as ...

Apr 14, 2014

More disclosure needed at Riken

The besieged doctor of "STAP," Haruko Obokata, has come out swinging in defense of her papers on pluripotent cells, which appeared in the journal Nature, but her attempt to justify her research seems naive, leaving many questions unanswered.

Apr 12, 2014

Temp workers turn to unions

When more than 5,000 nonregular workers at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ were allowed to join its labor union, it marked a first for nonregular workers at a major Japanese bank.

Apr 12, 2014

Stores sharing shoppers' faces

More than 100 supermarkets and convenience stores in the Tokyo metro area are recording and sharing images of suspicious shoppers' faces as part of antishoplifting measures. That certainly wasn't the intent of the Personal Information Protection Law.

Apr 11, 2014

Energy plan looks to the past

The Abe government's new Basic Energy Plan fails to set a clear direction for the nation's energy policy, which has been clouded by safety concerns ever since three reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant melted down in March 2011.

Apr 10, 2014

Reality check for Mideast and U.S.

Israelis and Palestinians had better assess their dwindling options after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's latest Mideast peace efforts hit a wall, and acknowledge that a negotiated settlement is much better than their unilateral options.

Apr 9, 2014

Hakodate's valid nuclear concern

The government and power companies should not dismiss the concerns of muncipalities that could be impacted by nuclear accidents but have no say in their operations.

Apr 9, 2014

Aim for lasting peace in Africa

Sadly, 20 years after the start of the genocide in Rwanda, in some African countries conflict and suppression of human rights are all too commonplace.

Apr 8, 2014

Avoid voting age disparity

The question of whether the minimum voting age for participating in Japan's referendums should be lower than the voting age for other elections remains unsettled.

Apr 7, 2014

Taiwan's 'sunflowers' bloom

A student-led occupation of the Taiwanese government's legislature to protest a cross-strait trade agreement — which is the centerpiece of President Ma Ying-jeou's political and economic agenda — enters its third week.

Apr 6, 2014

A risky weapons-export policy

The Abe administration must consider whether its new policy that relaxes Japan's long-standing prohibitions against weapons exports could increase tension with other countries and thereby reduce national security.

Apr 5, 2014

Steps to fight Net child porn

Police in April started increaseing cooperation with Internet service providers to help contain the distribution of child pornography in and from Japan, which has long been criticized for not taking strict enough measures,