Jun 5, 2014

Promotion criteria for bureaucrats

Under a new government personnel management system, the prime minister's office will take the lead in promotions, transfers and appointments of senior officials at ministries and agencies to eliminate ministry sectionalism and to tap people more in line with the administration's policies.

Jun 3, 2014

Now Pyongyang must deliver

North Korea's new promise to reinvestigate the decades-ago abductions of Japanese nationals as Japan eases sanctions and provides humanitarian aid is a positive move. Tokyo's challenge is ensuring that Pyongyang follows through on its pledge this time.

Jun 3, 2014

Toothless secrecy oversight body

The ruling coalition's bill to set up a Diet committee to oversee government designations of "state secrets" needs drastic revision as it does not give the committee effective power to rectify classifications.

Jun 2, 2014

Poroshenko's assignment

The most pressing task for newly elected Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko is reaching out to Ukrainians in the east and assuring them that they have a place in the new Ukraine.

Jun 1, 2014

Europe takes a beating

The outcome of the European parliamentary elections is a wakeup call to Europe's establishment. They must re-examine basic assumptions about the role of the EU and how they talk about the European project at home.

May 31, 2014

Tourists rate Tokyo top city

Tokyo has been voted the world's most satisfying of 37 major world cities for 2013, but the tourist industry needs to work on increasing accessibility to Japan's cultural attractions.

May 31, 2014

Child care to get push after class

The education ministry has announced a plan to double the number of after-school child-care centers over five years so that more women can enter the workforce.

May 30, 2014

Shaky grounds for Abe's defense bid

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe takes up the issue of collective self-defense in the Diet for the first time since he announced his desire to seek related changes to the government's long-standing interpretation of the Constitution. The scenarios he used to push his case seem ...

May 29, 2014

Nigeria under attack

Battling the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram does not burning down the Nigerian forests that it inhabits. It means recognizing the real source of its grievances and addressing them within the Nigerian political system.

May 28, 2014

The danger of provocation

Japanese and Chinese leaders need to resolve problems through diplomatic dialogue instead of talking about military responses to each other's moves.