Apr 16, 2015

Address nuclear safety concerns

By repeating their faith in the NRA's nuclear safety standard and dismissing any challenge to its validity, the government and power companies appear to be once more embracing the safety myth of nuclear power.

Apr 14, 2015

Settling disputes over unfair firings

If the government introduces a new system that allows the use of financial compensation to settle legal disputes over unfair dismissals, it should ensure that workers are not placed at a disadvantage.

Apr 13, 2015

Textbooks toe the government line

The government would do well to remember that uniform textbooks compiled by the state during and before World War II went hand in hand with Japan's militarism.

Apr 12, 2015

Get ambitious on emissions cuts

The government should aim for ambitious plans to cut Japan's emissions that would compare favorably with the targets set by other advanced economies.

Apr 12, 2015

Behind Xi's corruption crackdown

While Chinese President Xi Jinging's crackdown on corruption is boosting his popularity, it remains to be seen if he will change the system that allowed corruption to flourish in the first place.

Apr 11, 2015

Kids in poverty need better diet

The government is planning a nationwide survey on how income affects child health, but what it really needs to focus on is making sure kids in low-income households can eat properly.

Apr 9, 2015

Keeping the memory of war alive

In visiting Palau, the Emperor is continuing his efforts to ensure that the memories of Japan's wartime experience are kept alive and passed down to future generations.