Mar 21, 2015

Appalling surgical negligence

Gunma University Hospital's final report on the death of eight patients following laparoscopic liver surgery gives an appalling picture of what happened at the institution.

Mar 20, 2015

Aum's crimes still raise questions

Twenty years on, people are still trying to fathom why so many people — including youths from elite backgrounds — were drawn to a doomsday cult that carried out a deadly sarin gas attack in downtown Tokyo.

Mar 20, 2015

Dangerous nuclear rhetoric

President Vladimir Putin's recent disclosure on a television program that he was ready to put Russia's nuclear forces on alert during the Crimea crisis in 2014 could end up thwarting nuclear disarmament efforts worldwide.

Mar 19, 2015

The new Asian bank wedge

The British government's decision to join the new Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank proposed by China has invited other governments to do likewise while opening the door to an embarrassing rift with the United States.

Mar 18, 2015

More chances of false charges?

The Diet should scrutinize whether the proposed revision to the criminal procedure law contributes to eliminating false charges and wrongful convictions.

Mar 16, 2015

Heed the will of Okinawans

Seabed drilling related to land reclamation work for a new U.S. air base off the Henoko district of Okinawa has resumed for the first time since new Gov. Takeshi Onaga took office. The Abe administration appears to be running roughshod over the sentiments of ...

Mar 16, 2015

A corporate governance cure-all?

New Tokyo Stock Exchange rules requiring all companies listed on its First and Second sections to have at least two independent outside directors on their board is in line with the Abe administration's push to beef up corporate governance as a way of luring ...

Mar 15, 2015

Legacy of the Great Tokyo Air Raid

The Great Tokyo Air Raid, carried out 70 years ago by U.S. Army Air Force bombers, was a major wartime atrocity that testifies to the great sufferings the Pacific War brought to Japanese civilians.

Mar 14, 2015

Thoughtful or self-promoting?

It was no surprise that when writer Haruki Murakami started a temporary ask-anything website he was swamped with so many messages that he had to suspend the site. But is the forum a vehicle for self-promotion?

Mar 14, 2015

Inappropriate teacher warning

For the first time in 40 years, the education ministry has advised teachers to be careful about using "inappropriate" supplementary materials in the classroom.

Mar 13, 2015

Amending for amendment's sake?

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party are moving to put amendment of the Constitution at the forefront of their agenda, with specific timetables already discussed for revising text that has remained unchanged since it took effect in 1947.