Aug 15, 2015

Oral tradition and the bomb

A new program pairs volunteers with survivors of the atomic bombings to their memories, their stories and their words alive via the tradition of oral storytelling.

Aug 15, 2015

Students finally find their voice

Japanese young people are becoming passionate about the importance of constitutionalism, democracy and human rights, in sharp contrast with the usual stereotype of passive, disinterested youths stuck in front of their video games.

Aug 14, 2015

Okinawa hiatus must be productive

While work for the Futenma base replacement in Okinawa is suspended for a month, the Abe administration should not use the occasion as a mere political gesture and instead should listen sincerely to what Gov. Takeshi Onaga has to say.

Aug 13, 2015

Aiming for true reconciliation

Shinzo Abe should uphold the Murayama statement's apology for the war, but Japan's actions are more important than words, and China and South Korea need to offer some reciprocation.

Aug 12, 2015

ASEAN's relations with China

Japan and the U.S. should explore ways to defuse tensions in the South China Sea through dialogue with Beijing rather than trying to encircle China through closer ties with ASEAN members.

Aug 11, 2015

Sendai nuclear power plant restart

The restart of operations at the Sendai plant should serve as an occasion for the government, the power industry and the public to reassess the sustainability of nuclear power generation in this country.

Aug 10, 2015

Politics or entertainment?

The first Republican Party presidential debate — a televised rock 'em sock 'em event that attracted 24 million viewers — said a great deal about politics in the United States.

Aug 9, 2015

Clues to the fate of MH370

The discovery of plane parts on an island in the western Indian Ocean has restored hope that the world may yet discover the fate of Malaysian Airlines flight 370.

Aug 9, 2015

Reducing military jet noise

The government should pay heed to the plight of local residents and explore negotiations with the U.S. for measures to reduce noise from its military aircraft using Naval Air Facility Atsugi.

Aug 8, 2015

Keep the spirit of Helsinki alive

The Helsinki Declaration has helped keep the peace in Europe for 40 years, and with tensions rising over the Ukraine crisis, it's vital to maintain that spirit of comprehensive security.