Oct 14, 2014

A shift in defense posture

A Japan-U.S. interim report proposes that geographical restrictions on the activities of the Self-Defense Forces in support of U.S. military operations be removed as part of a tremendous shift in Japan's defense posture.

Oct 12, 2014

Freedom of the press in South Korea

Criminal action taken by Seoul prosecutors against a Japanese journalist for questioning the whereabouts of President Park Geun-hye on the day in August when a South Korean passenger ferry sank raises serious questions about South Korea's commitment to freedom of the press.

Oct 12, 2014

Accounting for political allowance

The hysterical, weeping visage on YouTube of a Hyogo prefectural assemblyman whose hand was caught in the cookie jar in July continues to focus public attention on how local legislators should use a monthly allowance dispensed for the purpose of helping them "deepen their ...

Oct 11, 2014

Wildlife totals heading down

Global warming, invasive species, pollution and new diseases — all human-generated problems — have contributed to an average 52 percent decline in the populations of more than 3,000 species of wildlife in 40 years.

Oct 11, 2014

Who's benefited over 200 years?

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reports how the world's population is better off than it was 200 years ago but adds that human progress is still undermined by disparities.

Oct 10, 2014

Aiding more Minamata victims

Japan's government has restarted the process of officially recognizing more sufferers of Minamata disease — discovered decades ago to be the result of eating mercury-contaminated fish — under a new guideline that the Environment Agency adopted in March.

Oct 9, 2014

The dangers of intolerance

Two universities in Japan have received letter threats that nail-laden bombs will go off on their campuses if they don't dismiss two instructors who formerly reported on the "comfort women" controversy for the Asahi Shimbun.

Oct 9, 2014

Freezing assets with terror links

In response to repeated international calls, Japan's government is preparing pieces of legislation to restrict the financial transactions of people suspected of involvement in terrorist activities and to tighten "due diligence" checks on customers.

Oct 8, 2014

Ingenuity key to Nobel success

The achievements of Nobel winners Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura highlight why scientific freedom and daring research should be encouraged in Japan.

Oct 8, 2014

Opposition must pressure Abe

The opposition should realize that if it fails to strictly scrutinize the Abe administration's actions in the extraordinary Diet session, it is not fulfilling its duty to serve the public.

Oct 7, 2014

A resurgent U.S. economy

The U.S. economy is posting the strongest growth since the end of 2011, outpacing the forecasts and confounding experts who saw a country that had lost its vitality.