The Diet's passage last week of a ¥5.465 trillion supplementary budget for fiscal 2013 is deceptive as it includes items that an expert panel had recommended eliminated from the fiscal 2014 budget last fall because they were deemed wasteful.
It is time to refute, once and for all, the objections of police and prosecution officials and move forward to the day when the entire interrogation process for criminal susepcts, in principle, is recorded electronically.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should realize that his revisionist perception of Japan's war in the 1930s and '40s is putting Japan in a weak position diplomatically, especially with regard to its negotiations with Russia to resolve a northern territorial issue.
The Abe administration is seeking to establish a new system for the nation's medical research in which the government takes the lead role in pushing large-scale projects in the development of new drugs and medical technology.
Since it began in March 2011, Syria's civil war has led to the deaths of as many as 10,000 children, with many more injured or missing. Japan must continue to do all it can to improve humanitarian relief.
What are fans of the supposedly deaf composer Mamoru Samuragochi to make of the revelation that another composer has ghostwritten more than 20 classical music scores credited to Samuragochi for the past 18 years?