Aug 3, 2015

Russia says no to MH17 justice

Any eventual tribunal established to prosecute individuals allegedly responsible for the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 will likely be forced to operate without Russia's assistance.

Aug 2, 2015

Iraq mission and the security bills

Recently released details of a 2008 GSDF mission to the "noncombat zone" in Iraq should be taken into account as the Upper House scrutinizes security legislation what would expand the scope of SDF missions abroad.

Aug 1, 2015

Lessons of plane crash in Chofu

The July 26 airplane crash in Chofu, western Tokyo, demonstrates the need for tighter rules governing small airports and the pilots and companies that use them.

Aug 1, 2015

Health gains lost to climate change

All of the impressive scientific and medical gains of modern civilization are in danger of being lost because of the effects of climate change and environmental degradation.

Jul 28, 2015

Stepping up the war on poverty

The emphasis on Japan's national interests in aid policy raises doubts if the nation can make meaningful contributions to eradicating poverty in the recipient countries.

Jul 26, 2015

Alarmist defense white paper

By highlighting the threat posed by China, the government appears to be using the white paper to drum up public support for the Abe administration's controversial security legislation.