Mar 14, 2015

Inappropriate teacher warning

For the first time in 40 years, the education ministry has advised teachers to be careful about using "inappropriate" supplementary materials in the classroom.

Mar 13, 2015

Amending for amendment's sake?

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party are moving to put amendment of the Constitution at the forefront of their agenda, with specific timetables already discussed for revising text that has remained unchanged since it took effect in 1947.

Mar 12, 2015

A year since MH370 went missing

The passage of a year since Malaysian Airlines flight 370 vanished has brought no relief to the families of the 239 people who were lost in this, as yet, inexplicable tragedy.

Mar 11, 2015

China's daunting challenges

Beijing has yet to realize that China will not achieve long-term stability if its economic reforms are not accompanied by political reforms.

Mar 10, 2015

Tohoku slowly on the mend

Four years after the 3/11 disasters, the government needs to look closely at what can be done to support people in the disaster-ravaged areas of Tohoku and take flexible steps to help them stand on their feet again.

Mar 9, 2015

A voice for 18-year-olds

It is hoped that lowering Japan's minimum voting age for elections from 20 to 18 — as the Diet now seems certain to approve in time for the Upper House election next year — will encourage political participation by more youths just as Japan ...

Mar 8, 2015

Learning from a sunken battleship

The discovery of the sunken battleship Musashi — the Imperial Japanese Navy's biggest warship — by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen last week should serve as an opportunity for anybody to contemplate the real face of war.

Mar 6, 2015

A brutal murder in Moscow

The assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov last week shows that Nemtsov himself might have overestimated the state of affairs when he said in an interview the day before his death that Russia's opposition was at the absolute low point.

Mar 5, 2015

Political funding law needs review

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has joined several other members of his Cabinet plus the opposition leader in admitting receipt of donations from businesses that have been granted government subsidies.

Mar 5, 2015

Disaster risk reduction

The five-day U.N. conference on reducing disaster risks, to be held in Sendai from the end of next week, should serve as an opportunity for Japan to share its experiences in dealing with severe natural disasters.

Mar 4, 2015

Society failed to save Uemura

Educators, local government officials and police officers need to reflect deeply on what could have been done to prevent the murder of Ryota Uemura.