Volkswagen cheats

The Volkswagen scandal has also exposed an uncomfortable truth that has long been known but rarely discussed — virtually all automakers "cheat" on the emissions tests.

Smog returns to Southeast Asia

Consumers can help pressure palm oil companies to stop using fire to clear land in Indonesia by supporting products certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.


Raise nursery school salaries

Increasing pay for preschool teachers would be a vital step in getting more women into the labor force, in particular by increasing capacity at nursery schools so more mothers could ...

Oct 7, 2015

Retrial system needs revamping

As illustrated by the case of Masaru Okunishi, who passed away after decades on death row without getting the new trial that he deserved, Japan's retrial system is seriously flawed and in need of reform.

Oct 6, 2015

Legislation Bureau misconduct

The Cabinet Legislation Bureau's failure to keep records of its internal discussions leading up to the Abe administration's reinterpretation of Article 9 only deepens suspicions about the legal legitimacy of the Cabinet decision and the subsequent security legislation.

Oct 4, 2015

It's time for world to ratify CTBT

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty still hasn't come into force, and all countries everywhere should do everything they can to get the remaining eight key nations on board.

Sep 30, 2015

Bar exam system needs reform

The system for choosing who writes questions for the bar exam is in need of a major revamp in light of the recent scandal involving a Meiji University professor.

Sep 29, 2015

Modest progress in U.S.-China ties

While there were no gaffes during Chinese President Xi Jinping's recent visit to the U.S., his summit with President Obama was a missed opportunity for significant progress.

Sep 28, 2015

Abe's pivot to his economic policy

Instead of spouting nice-sounding slogans, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should conduct a sober assessment of what his economic policies have lacked and what is needed going forward.

Sep 27, 2015

Misplaced emphasis on coal

The government and the power industry should rethink their emphasis on coal as a cheap alternative to nuclear energy in view of the impact on the nation's efforts against climate change.