Mar 22, 2016

The Minamata Convention

Having experienced the dreadful results of mercury poisoning, Japan has a responsibility to help other countries in their efforts to prevent such pollution.

Mar 19, 2016

A caution on nuclear restarts

The government should heed the Otsu District Court's call to develop standards for plans to evacuate residents in the event of nuclear accidents.

Mar 18, 2016

Merkel's 'Black Sunday'

If German Chancellor Angela Merkel is seen as less solid in her grip on domestic politics at home, then her ability to push or steer the European ship of state is similarly diminished.

Mar 16, 2016

More than a new name is needed

Without a common policy platform that can provide voters with a genuine alternative to the ruling coalition, the new leading opposition party's future won't be bright.

Mar 14, 2016

The Obama doctrine

U.S. President Barack Obama looks long and hard at the world around him and tries to maximize American influence with a minimum of resources.