May 29, 2016

Turning Obama's words into action

U.S. President Barack Obama's tribute to the 140,000 people who died from the atomic attack on Hiroshima was a symbolic moment, but efforts must be made to turn it into catalyst for action.

May 28, 2016

100 years of hubris in Middle East

The infamous Sykes-Picot agreement is a convenient scapegoat for the instability that reigns in the Middle East, but responsibility for the region's tragedy is more diffuse.

May 26, 2016

Masuzoe's questionable conduct

The Diet needs to plug a gaping loophole in the Political Funds Control Law so politicians cannot use political money for private purposes.

May 24, 2016

Abe's promised new policy direction

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's new plan to "promote the dynamic engagement of all citizens" falls short when it comes to specifics on how it will achieve its ambitious goals.

May 22, 2016

U.N. nuclear disarmament talks

Japan's position of calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons while relying on America's nuclear umbrella is contradictory and undermines its persuasive power.

May 20, 2016

Myanmar gets democracy dividend

In recognition of Myanmar's transition toward democracy, the U.S. is lifting some of its economic sanctions against businesses and individuals.

May 19, 2016

China marks a milestone in silence

Given the scale of the brutalities that were unleashed by the Cultural Revolution and the complicity of almost all Chinese in those events, China's near silence on its 50th anniversary almost makes sense.