Aug 19, 2015

Economy appears far from robust

The latest GDP data for the second quarter of this year confirms the underlying weakness of consumer demand and the seemingly limited scope of the benefits of 'Abenomics.'

Aug 15, 2015

Oral tradition and the bomb

A new program pairs volunteers with survivors of the atomic bombings to their memories, their stories and their words alive via the tradition of oral storytelling.

Aug 15, 2015

Students finally find their voice

Japanese young people are becoming passionate about the importance of constitutionalism, democracy and human rights, in sharp contrast with the usual stereotype of passive, disinterested youths stuck in front of their video games.

Aug 14, 2015

Okinawa hiatus must be productive

While work for the Futenma base replacement in Okinawa is suspended for a month, the Abe administration should not use the occasion as a mere political gesture and instead should listen sincerely to what Gov. Takeshi Onaga has to say.

Aug 13, 2015

Aiming for true reconciliation

Shinzo Abe should uphold the Murayama statement's apology for the war, but Japan's actions are more important than words, and China and South Korea need to offer some reciprocation.

Aug 12, 2015

ASEAN's relations with China

Japan and the U.S. should explore ways to defuse tensions in the South China Sea through dialogue with Beijing rather than trying to encircle China through closer ties with ASEAN members.

Aug 11, 2015

Sendai nuclear power plant restart

The restart of operations at the Sendai plant should serve as an occasion for the government, the power industry and the public to reassess the sustainability of nuclear power generation in this country.