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.

May 27, 2014

A coup by any other name

Last week's military coup in Thailand may have been a reluctant coup, but the inclination should have been resisted. The longer it takes Gen. Prayuth Chanchoa to produce a civilian government, the greater the risk that soldiers will turn their guns against the people.

May 26, 2014

Conduct in the South China Sea

Tension has gripped China-Vietnam ties for nearly a month since China brought a deep-water oil drilling rig into an area near the Paracel Islands, which is under China's effective control but also claimed by Vietnam.

May 26, 2014

Noisy nighttime military flights

A Yokohama District Court's award of ¥7 billion in damages to 7,000 residents who live near Atsugi air base underscores the need for the government and the U.S. to get serious about finding ways to reduce the noise from military aircraft.

May 25, 2014

China and Russia strike a deal

The $400 billion deal that China signed with Russia for natural gas has caused Western handwringing as expected, but a broader view suggests that Beijing has other interests that may outweigh this partnership.

May 24, 2014

Stop the bullying of LGBT students

A recent survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the Kanto area finds that 70 percent were bullied during their school years. Learning respect and tolerance for individual differences should start earlier.

May 23, 2014

Reflect on Fukui nuclear ruling

The Fukui District Court's ruling that prohibits the restart of two nuclear power reactors run by Kansai Electric Power Co. challenges the Abe administration's energy policy of relying on nuclear power as a key source of the nation's electricity supply.

May 22, 2014

Risks for the economy

Japan's gross domestic product for January-March increases by a higher-than-expected 1.5 percent from the previous quarter, driven partly by last-minute purchases by consumers ahead of the three-percentage-point hike in the consumption tax April 1.