Jan 12, 2015

Set clear goals for unified schools

The education ministry plans to submit bills to the Diet that will legally institutionalize unified schools — encompassing grades one through nine — as part of the nation's compulsory education system.

Jan 12, 2015

Local initiatives key in revitalization

This will be an important year for local governments across Japan as the Abe administration pushes the revitalization of the nation's regional economies. Given the dire demographic situation, it's not clear when local government leaders will get another chance to realize this goal.

Jan 11, 2015

Ending worker exploitation

As part of its effort to stamp out abusive practices against workers, Japan's labor ministry plans to set up a system under which public employment security offices may decline to accept notices of job availability from so-called black companies.

Jan 11, 2015

Private sector must do its part

On the campaign trail last month, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he saw signs of a "virtuous economic cycle" emerging, in which improved corporate earnings would create more jobs, leading to higher wages and increased consumption. Can his policies make that happen?

Jan 10, 2015

Proactive emissions plan needed

Although Japan is the world's fifth-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, there doesn't seem to be the prospect that Tokyo will submit its COP20 emissions cut plan before the March 31 deadline.

Jan 9, 2015

'Je suis Charlie'

The world has united in defiance of the terrorist attempt to silence a French magazine. It must remain equally vigilant against over-reaction to the killings.

Jan 8, 2015

A crucial test for the DPJ

The priority for the Democratic Party of Japan, which kicked off the race this week to choose its new leader Jan. 18, is to rebuild itself into a force that can, either on its own or through mergers or alliances with other parties, once ...

Jan 8, 2015

Danger from weapons exports

The Abe administration appears bent on establishing a system to increase arms exports, which could result in accelerating a turnaround in the national policy of avoiding pouring fuel on military conflicts abroad.

Jan 7, 2015

Don't duck war responsibility

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe must carefully consider the impact of his upcoming war anniversary message to avoid damaging ties with China and South Korea.

Jan 6, 2015

Rethinking cancer risks

The takeaway for many after reading a Johns Hopkins School of Medicine study is that personal behavior may influence the incidence of cancer only sometimes. Many incidences apparently are the result of bad luck.

Jan 5, 2015

Untimely stimulus package

If Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to tame the negative impact of the weak yen, he should try reining in the excessive monetary easing by the central bank instead of drawing up a stimulus package worth trillions of yen.