Oct 14, 2015

GOP on verge of self-destruction

A Republican Party that can only act to oppose the president is a recipe for gridlock or worse. The U.S. and the world cannot afford this spectacle.

Oct 13, 2015

Volkswagen cheats

The Volkswagen scandal has also exposed an uncomfortable truth that has long been known but rarely discussed — virtually all automakers "cheat" on the emissions tests.

Oct 11, 2015

Smog returns to Southeast Asia

Consumers can help pressure palm oil companies to stop using fire to clear land in Indonesia by supporting products certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.

Oct 10, 2015

Raise nursery school salaries

Increasing pay for preschool teachers would be a vital step in getting more women into the labor force, in particular by increasing capacity at nursery schools so more mothers could work.

Oct 10, 2015

Sex education or propaganda?

The government distributed inaccurate sex education material to high school teachers in a misguided attempt to raise the national birthrate.

Oct 9, 2015

Nobels in medicine and physics

Japan can take great pride in its two Nobel Prizes this week, but the honor should also remind the government of the needs for robust support for basic research.

Oct 7, 2015

Retrial system needs revamping

As illustrated by the case of Masaru Okunishi, who passed away after decades on death row without getting the new trial that he deserved, Japan's retrial system is seriously flawed and in need of reform.

Oct 6, 2015

Legislation Bureau misconduct

The Cabinet Legislation Bureau's failure to keep records of its internal discussions leading up to the Abe administration's reinterpretation of Article 9 only deepens suspicions about the legal legitimacy of the Cabinet decision and the subsequent security legislation.

Oct 4, 2015

It's time for world to ratify CTBT

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty still hasn't come into force, and all countries everywhere should do everything they can to get the remaining eight key nations on board.