Penalizing uncommitted crimes

The government needs to convince a skeptical public why proposed legislation that could compromise privacy rights through increased surveillance activities is necessary.

Mixed outcome in wage talks

The results of the annual management-labor pay negotiations highlight the limitations of the Abe administration's drive to get export-led businesses ...

Mar 17, 2017

Step to trim overtime falls short

A new legal cap on overtime will hardly serve as a guarantee to stop the excessively long work hours from causing the deaths and suicides of overworked employees.

Mar 14, 2017

Clarify Moritomo land deal

The government should clarify how the land plot in Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture, had been sold to Moritomo Gakuen at a fraction of its appraisal value and whether there was any political meddling in the deal between the operator and the Finance Ministry.

Mar 8, 2017

What Abe's LDP dominance portends

A lack of any signficant rivalry to Abe seems to reflect the dearth of viable next-generation leaders — a problem that could haunt the party in coming years