Nov 21, 2014

Opposition must get its act together

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seeking a vote of confidence for his “Abenomics” policies in the Dec. 14 election of the Lower House. But as the chamber was officially dissolved Friday, the opposition parties still lack a common ground beyond their unanimous criticism of ...

Nov 21, 2014

ASEAN needs a united front

ASEAN members should cast aside their differences and take a strong stance toward China on the issue of regional maritime security.

Nov 20, 2014

Another black eye for bankers

Bankers believe, with good cause, that they are too big to fail. The result is a belief in their own immunity and a culture of impunity that produces scandal after scandal.

Nov 19, 2014

Abe seeks a fresh mandate

The opposition parties need to pick up the gauntlet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has thrown and give voters a real alternative to his policies.

Nov 17, 2014

Okinawan verdict on base plan

The results of the Okinawa gubernatorial election on Sunday is the clearest rejection to date by local voters of the national government's plan to relocate Air Station Futenma.

Nov 16, 2014

No rush in TPP talks

Rather than rush to reach an agreement, the government needs to try shape the outcome of TPP talks in ways that would truly benefit Japan's economy and people.

Nov 14, 2014

Awaiting Abe's political gambit

If Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is going to dissolve the Lower House for a snap election, he will have to clearly lay out his agenda for voters and await their verdict.