Jun 28, 2014

Hong Kong's democratic 'farce'

The prospect of a clash between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland has become more real in recent weeks as Hong Kong residents participate in a poll on how to select their top leader. Although it is not legally binding, the ballot has angered ...

Jun 27, 2014

Legal tussle over parental ties

Japan's Supreme Court next month is scheduled to hear two cases that challenge the traditional legal presumption of a father-child relationship when DNA test results deny the existence of blood ties.

Jun 27, 2014

Abe's drive to reform agriculture

Given the limited impact of proposed farm-sector reform on Japan's economic growth, there is speculation that the push for reform on the prime minister's part is driven mainly by a desire to weaken the political influence of JA-Zenchu.

Jun 26, 2014

Ensure stability of pension fund

It would be a mistake to view the Abe administration's shakeup of the Government Pension Investment Fund as a short-term shot in the arm for the stock market rather than as a way to stabilize the nation's public pension system.

Jun 26, 2014

Old silk mill gains new importance

Gunma Prefecture's Tomioka Silk Mill, which UNESCO has decided to add to the World Cultural Heritage List, symbolizes 19th-century Japan's efforts to become a member of the industrialized world.

Jun 25, 2014

Stop undermining Kono statement

A government panel has reported that some parts of the 1993 statement by then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono concerning the “comfort women” at Japan’s wartime frontline brothels were the product of diplomatic negotiations between Tokyo and Seoul. Still, the panel’s findings do not ...

Jun 25, 2014

Winds of change in retail industry

The retail industry is entering into a period of major transformation. In addition to traditional entities such as department stores, supermarkets and convenience stores, new retail business forms are emerging, including mega shopping mall developments led by real estate companies and JR train terminals ...

Jun 24, 2014

Funding the corporate tax cut

The Abe administration's decision to cut corporate taxes as a key feature of its economic growth strategy doesn't indicate how a fiscally weak government will make up the lost tax revenue even as households face another consumption tax hike next year.

Jun 23, 2014

Chance for court to right a wrong

Surviving defendants convicted of trespassing on a U.S. air base in western Tokyo 57 years ago seek a retrial of their case because of their fear that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is using language in the original judgment to support his attempt to have ...

Jun 22, 2014

Back to Iraq

A token U.S. force of military advisers will not help Iraq turn the tide against the ISIS siege. Only sweeping changes, including enfranchisement of the Sunni population, will stop the country from disintegrating.

Jun 21, 2014

Japan's English flavors the Cup

Yuichi Nishimura, the Japanese referee who made a controversial call in the opening match of the World Cup, should at least be commended for doing what few other Japanese dare to do.

Jun 21, 2014

Struggling with gender identity

The education ministry's first-ever survey on gender identity disorder reports a minimum of 606 children across the country who deserve, and greatly need, attention and care.