Aug 18, 2016

Building stronger ties with Iran

Japan should consider more proactive steps to beef up its relations with Tehran, by building on the bilateral investment treaty signed in February to boost economic ties.

Aug 16, 2016

Putin's very good summer

It is not clear if Vladimir Putin understands the limits of Russia's power or Western patience. A miscalculation of either could prove disastrous.

Aug 15, 2016

Henoko row back in court

The Abe administration should realize that a court battle won't bring about a positive resolution to the Okinawa base dispute.

Aug 11, 2016

Democratic Party leadership race

The Democratic Party needs a genuinely competitive race to choose its next leader that will allow the party to thoroughly discuss pressing policy issues.

Aug 9, 2016

Faltering regional revitalization

The Abe administration's regional revitalization policy has done little to close the growing gap in wealth and population between the large metropolitan areas and the rest of the nation.

Aug 7, 2016

The terrible suffering in Aleppo

The most difficult part of a peace process is getting the main combatants to acknowledge that a stalemate exists on the ground and that continued fighting has no immediate purpose. Rarely does one party enter negotiations when it believes it can achieve some advantage ...