Two competing views of Asia

APEC members must show a greater readiness to compromise if they are to overcome their significant differences on a number of important issues.

Ramifications of Osaka elections

Osaka Ishin no Kai's big win in Sunday's elections had national repercussions, but it still needs to work with the opposition to get anything done at the local level.


Can privatization turn KIA around?

The sale of the rights to run Kansai International Airport to a private consortium could serve as a role model for other money-losing public-infrastructure operations if efficiency and profitability improves.

Nov 21, 2015

Young people with 'old eyes'

It's starting to become clear that overuse of electronic gadgets like smartphones and computers is having a dramatic impact on the health of young people's eyes.

Nov 20, 2015

Another back-to-back GDP drop

It's time for the prime minister to take stock of "Abenomics" and consider what needs to be done to achieve the virtuous cycle that he keeps promising.

Nov 19, 2015

Mitsubishi Regional Jet takes flight

The debut flight of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet is welcome news for Japan's long-dormant aircraft manufacturing industry, but ensuring its success will require considerable effort.

Nov 18, 2015

Court battle over Henoko

The court battle the central government has launched against the Okinawa Prefectural government over the project to relocate Air Station Futenma could further complicate the standoff.

Nov 17, 2015

Russia's culture of sports cheating

There can be no meaningful athletic competition when athletes can systematically cheat. Until Russia can provide assurances that its athletes are clean, they should be banned from international competition.

Nov 16, 2015

Horror in Paris

The struggle against Islamic State is a war against extremism, and the world must be prepared for more such acts of horror.

Nov 14, 2015

Problems with Ikata plant restart

Many concerns remain about the safety of the Ikata nuclear plant in Ehime Prefecture and the feasibility of the evacuation plans, but the governor has given his approval to restart the facility anyway.

Nov 13, 2015

Myanmar's historic election

The NLD's triumph in Myanmar's election is an important victory for democracy, but amid the celebration it's important to remember this is only a beginning.

Nov 12, 2015

Supreme Court and marriage rules

Lwmakers should shed their outdated view and proceed to make necessary legal amendments to end the discrimination, injustice and inconveniences caused by two marriage-related articles in the Civil Code.

Nov 11, 2015

Piling scandal needs deep probe

The probe into the piling data scandal mustn't end with individual companies and workers; instead it should dig deep into the very foundation of the construction industry and get at the real root of the problem.