Mar 2, 2017

Trump gets presidential

Donald Trump managed to sound presidential in his first address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, but his narrowly focused message should concern the world.

Feb 27, 2017

Long reach of 'conspiracy crime' bill

Government legislation that would penalize the acts of plotting and preparing for crimes without carrying them out could impact the human rights of citizens through increased surveillance activities.

Feb 26, 2017

Sagamihara killings indictment

It's now up to the courts to unravel the motives behind the Sagamihara stabbing spree, and the government to come up with an improved system for dealing with potentially dangerous mental patients.

Feb 24, 2017

Efforts to stop passive smoking

The government's plan to tighten rules against smoking in public areas falls woefully short of what's needed to curb the health risks posed by secondhand smoke.

Feb 23, 2017

Dig up all the 'amakudari' dirt

Revelations of "amakudari" at the education ministry underline the need for all ministries and agencies to undergo strict investigations to root out the practice across the government.

Feb 20, 2017

A murder in Kuala Lumpur

The assassination last week of Kim Jong Nam, the older half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, puts a human face on the wrongdoings of the Pyongyang government.