Apr 5, 2017

Russia wages a new form of war

Disinformation and hacking campaigns are a key part of Moscow's efforts to raise Russia's international stature and counter the Western assault on its political institutions.

Apr 4, 2017

Privatization of JNR, 30 years on

If the profitable operations of JR East, West, Tokai and Kyushu represent the benefits of the JNR privatization and breakup, the tough prospects of JR Hokkaido highlight the problems facing railway operations in rural areas.

Apr 1, 2017

A treaty to ban nuclear weapons

Given Japan's decision to not participate in U.N. negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, the government should explain just how it intends to work toward its stated goal of making the world free of nuclear arms.

Mar 29, 2017

Arrest in China unnerves Australia

China's detention of a Sydney professor spotlights its questionable record when it comes to respect for academic freedom and human rights, and casts a shadow over Sino-Australian relations.

Mar 28, 2017

The high cost of convenience

The problems confronting Yamato Transport Co. is a reminder that business competition based on increased convenience and low prices for customers isn't sustainable in an economy with a growing manpower shortage.

Mar 27, 2017

A bruising defeat for Trump, GOP

The failure of the GOP to advance its health care reform bill in Congress has undermined confidence in the party as an agent of change and tarnishing the reputation of the president as a man who can get things done.

Mar 26, 2017

Mixed recovery in land prices

The latest data on land prices testify to the slow progress in the government's efforts to reverse the population exodus from rural to urban areas and achieve more balanced economic growth nationally.