Jun 17, 2014

Reforming Riken

The government-affiliated Riken research institute should heed the recommendations from an expert panel to undertake concrete reforms aimed at preventing the recurrence of a scandal that recently cast doubts on the credibility of scientific research in Japan.

Jun 17, 2014

Saving the Japanese eel

The international designation of the Japanese eel as a species at risk of extinction underscores the need for more controlled and responsible fishing and consumption to preserve one of this nation's long-cherished food cultures.

Jun 16, 2014

Work-hour 'reform' ripe for abuse

The Abe administration is pushing to exempt certain kinds of workers from labor standards as part of his economic growth strategy without soliciting the views of labor organizations concerned about the fate of overtime pay.

Jun 15, 2014

Medical care as a growth policy

The Abe administration plans to expand medical treatments that mix drugs and technologies covered by public health insurance with those that are not covered as early as fiscal 2016.

Jun 15, 2014

Plan for surrogate births

A team of Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers has compiled a bill that would allow donations of sperm and ova from third parties as well as arrangements for surrogate births.

Jun 14, 2014

Punishments for mislabeling

At long last, Japan's Consumer Affairs Agency has decided to introduce a system to impose monetary penalties on companies that mislabel their food products.

Jun 14, 2014

Entrance exam scoring errors

The apology by Tokyo's Office of Education for more than 2,000 scoring errors found on high school entrance examinations underscores the need for greater exactitude in the entrance exam system and more transparency about its aims.

Jun 13, 2014

Iraq collapsing

Islamic militants have overrun northern Iraq, taking control of the country's second-largest city and sparking fears of the collapse of the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Jun 12, 2014

Dangerous turn in ODA policy

The Abe administration should give up on a plan to change the government's basic policy on official development assistance in ways that could see aid used for the armed forces of foreign countries.

Jun 12, 2014

Ramping up debate in the Diet

Lawmakers need to make sure that steps taken by the ruling coalition and two major opposition parties to reform Diet proceedings do not let government leaders off the hook in facing legislative scrutiny and regular debate.

Jun 11, 2014

Egypt's new pharaoh

Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, the former head of Egypt’s Army, won a landslide victory in presidential elections held last month. The retired field marshal was sworn in Sunday as Egypt’s new president. His job now is to forge unity in a country deeply divided, and ...

Jun 10, 2014

A slippery slope to combat

The Abe administration's modifications of its proposed new conditions for the Self-Defense Forces to take part in overseas missions would still pave the way for the SDF to operate in combat areas, thus raising the risk of Japan being drawn into armed conflict.