Dec 15, 2015

The consumption tax mess

It's questionable whether the government's plan to introduce a lower tax rate on food products is the best way to help lower-income households.

Dec 12, 2015

Abe's anti-terrorism measures

The government should weigh the benefits of measures to prevent terrorist acts against the risk of violating people's constitutional rights.

Dec 11, 2015

Much-needed minimum wage hike

The Abe administration is on the right track in trying to raise the minimum wage — not only would it be of benefit to the working poor, but consumer spending would also grow.

Dec 10, 2015

A new day dawns for Venezuela

Venezuela's political opposition camp scored a major electoral victory, and now poses a direct threat to the power of Socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

Dec 9, 2015

Misguided indictment by Seoul

South Korea's indictment of a professor with nonconformist views on the "comfort women" issue is a wrongheaded and dangerous encroachment on academic freedom.

Dec 6, 2015

Legal showdown over Henoko

The court battle that just got underway between Okinawa and the national government over the Futenma replacement base is more likely to exacerbate the conflict than resolve it.

Dec 5, 2015

Remembering Setsuko Hara

Fans and critics regretted that acting great Setsuko Hara never made more films after 1961, but with her passing perhaps a new generation will discover the pleasure, complexity and intensity of her work.