Aiming for more women managers

The government and businesses need to get to the bottom of why the gender gap remains so steep in Japan and remove the glass ceiling blocking the rise of women.

Reflecting citizens' views on justice

Japan's Supreme Court decision to reduce the prison terms of a couple convicted of fatally abusing their daughter highlights the difficulty in balancing the need, on one hand, to have ...

Jul 26, 2014

Safety net is for all taxpayers

A recent Supreme Court ruling sends an unfortunate message to foreign workers that while their contributions to Japan's economy might be welcome, the government in turn is not obliged to take care of them when they are in need.

Jul 26, 2014

Genitalia artist no harm, no foul

For Japanese prosecutors to continue their investigation of the merits of making a case against a vagina artist will only bring her more publicity and do nothing to protect morals or preserve public order.

Jul 25, 2014

Plug leaks in privacy protection law

The massive theft of customer data from education service provider Benesse Corp. underscores the value of such data for marketing purposes, and the need to close legal loopholes that allow private information to proliferate so easily.

Jul 24, 2014

Collective self-defense smokescreen

It is deplorable that Prime Minister Shinzo continues to avoid discussing the inherent dangers to Japan with regard to his Cabinet's recent reinterpretation of "collective self-defense."

Jul 23, 2014

In children's best interest?

A civil code provision dating back to the Meiji Era governing paternity can create a situation where the biological father is not allowed to claim legal paternity.

Jul 22, 2014

Indelible blot on history

The downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 has gone from accident to catastrophe to horror. And, by most accounts so far, it has exposed the quickening of the civil conflict in eastern Ukraine as a geostrategic blunder by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Jul 21, 2014

Banking on the BRICS

The financial heft of the BRICS group — Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa — has just advanced a step, at least symbolically, with its decision to launch the New Development Bank. A $100 billion reserve fund will be available to members that ...

Jul 20, 2014

Godzilla's message still relevant

Ahead of the first run of the latest, Hollywood-produced version of "Godzilla," the digitally remastered edition of the original 1954 movie has been making the rounds at theaters across the country to mark the 60th anniversary of the birth of the pop culture icon. ...

Jul 19, 2014

Ingrained ideas on gender roles

A recent poll of men and women 20 to 40 years old by a Japanese research institute finds that a surprising 40 percent of the respondents believe husbands should work full time while wives stay at home — despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push ...

Jul 19, 2014

A better goal for Japan's economy

The chief economist for the OECD, Rintaro Tamaki, observes that the aim of Japanese economic policy is still mainly about strengthening growth, while European policy focuses on reducing inequality. Apparently you can't have both.

Jul 18, 2014

More needed than NRA safety nod

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority has effectively given the green light for restarting an idled Kyushu Electric nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture under safety standards updated a year ago. After a period of public comment and local government approvals, two reactors of the plant, ...