Apr 1, 2017

A treaty to ban nuclear weapons

Given Japan's decision to not participate in U.N. negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, the government should explain just how it intends to work toward its stated goal of making the world free of nuclear arms.

Mar 29, 2017

Arrest in China unnerves Australia

China's detention of a Sydney professor spotlights its questionable record when it comes to respect for academic freedom and human rights, and casts a shadow over Sino-Australian relations.

Mar 28, 2017

The high cost of convenience

The problems confronting Yamato Transport Co. is a reminder that business competition based on increased convenience and low prices for customers isn't sustainable in an economy with a growing manpower shortage.

Mar 27, 2017

A bruising defeat for Trump, GOP

The failure of the GOP to advance its health care reform bill in Congress has undermined confidence in the party as an agent of change and tarnishing the reputation of the president as a man who can get things done.

Mar 26, 2017

Mixed recovery in land prices

The latest data on land prices testify to the slow progress in the government's efforts to reverse the population exodus from rural to urban areas and achieve more balanced economic growth nationally.

Mar 24, 2017

Clear up mess over school land deal

The Diet testimony of Moritomo Gakuen chief Yasunori Kagoike only served to deepen suspicions about a shady deal involving the sale of government land to the Osaka school operator.

Mar 23, 2017

Penalizing uncommitted crimes

The government needs to convince a skeptical public why proposed legislation that could compromise privacy rights through increased surveillance activities is necessary.