Mar 26, 2016

Happiness in short supply

Ranked 53rd out of 156 countries, Japan is a less happy place now than it was a decade ago, according to the World Happiness Report.

Mar 22, 2016

The Minamata Convention

Having experienced the dreadful results of mercury poisoning, Japan has a responsibility to help other countries in their efforts to prevent such pollution.

Mar 19, 2016

A caution on nuclear restarts

The government should heed the Otsu District Court's call to develop standards for plans to evacuate residents in the event of nuclear accidents.

Mar 18, 2016

Merkel's 'Black Sunday'

If German Chancellor Angela Merkel is seen as less solid in her grip on domestic politics at home, then her ability to push or steer the European ship of state is similarly diminished.