Nov 5, 2015

Erdogan's bet pays off

If Turkish President Recep Erdogan uses his party's sweeping election victory to press for the consolidation of power in his hands, such a move could deepen Turkey's divisions.

Nov 3, 2015

China loses a 'lawfare' skirmish

An international arbitration tribunal's decision provides South China Sea claimants with an opportunity to breathe new life into negotiations designed to turn the 2002 ASEAN-China Declaration on a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea into a real code of conduct.

Oct 31, 2015

Review of feed-in tariff system

Besides boosting the use of renewable energy, the government's review of the feed-in tariff system should also correct the overreliance on solar power among the various forms of alternative sources.

Oct 29, 2015

Lessons from Osaka arson case

Investigators should never try to extract a confession from a suspect in a manner that conforms to a predetermined scenario. Yet false charges based on coerced false confessions happen time and again.

Oct 25, 2015

Construction data manipulation

The faulty foundation work at a Yokohama condominum underlines the need for the government to improve the verification system for construction work.