Greece's new government

The victory of the radical left party Syriza in Greek national elections last week poses challenges to the established political order in that country as well as in Europe.

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Japanese talent needs grooming

Japan recently ranked No. 20 worldwide in a business school survey of competitiveness and worker quality. That's not terrible, but it does reveal a lack of readiness for the future ...

Jan 29, 2015

Tinkering with the war apology

For his statement at next summer's 70-year commemoration of the end of World War II, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants to avoid "nitpicking" words that were already used in Japan's 1995 apology for its wartime aggression in Asia. Will the new statment ...

Jan 29, 2015

Unreasonable welfare cuts

The health and welfare ministry's decision to lower the upper limits of housing allowances alloocated to most of those people receiving livelihood protection assistance reflects the Abe administration's unreasonable attitude toward the weakest members of society.

Jan 28, 2015

Doubts over labor deregulation

Will the Abe adminstration's move to lift work-hour regulations for certain employees exacerbate the chronic problem of long corporate working hours?

Jan 27, 2015

Obama unleashed

U.S. President Barack Obama's State of the Union address was a campaign speech, one intended to define and frame the stakes in the 2016 presidential election.

Jan 26, 2015

An unforgivable act

The coldblooded and despicable murder by the Islamic State demonstrate that Japan and its people, despite their nonmilitary aid efforts in the Mideast, need to be on guard against becoming targets of terrorist elements and their twisted logic.

Jan 26, 2015

Making the most of cheaper oil

The steep fall in crude oil prices has certainly benefited consumers, but Japan needs to develop a wise energy policy that shields it from the vagaries of oil-price fluctuations over the long term.

Jan 25, 2015

NHK must maintain independence

NHK has announced a three-year budget plan that includes strengthening its overseas services. But has Japan's national broadcaster figured out yet whether it exists as a news organziation or as a propaganda arm of the government?

Jan 24, 2015

Kepler still studying the skies

NASA's Kepler spacecraft, launched in 2009, continues to troll for planets in the Milky Way galaxy. Early this month, scientists announced it had made its 1,000th find.

Jan 23, 2015

A wake-up call for Japan

The hostage crisis with the Islamic State group should not deter Japan from contributing to the global fight against terrorism in its own, nonmilitary ways.

Jan 23, 2015

Auschwitz's lessons for Japan

The 70th anniversary, on Tuesday, of the Soviet Army's liberation of Nazi Germany's Auschwitz concentration camp should serve as a chance for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to reflect on Japan's wartime behavior in the Asia-Pacific region.

Jan 22, 2015

Testing elderly drivers for dementia

The National Police Agency will propose a revision to the traffic law to have drivers at least 75 years old who are suspected of suffering from senile dementia submit a medical certificate to the police indicating whether they should be allowed to keep driving.

Jan 22, 2015

Warding off flu infections

The National Institute of Infectious Diseases says that Japan's influenza season this year is peaking about three weeks earlier than usual.