Sep 28, 2014

Nursing care worker shortage

Japan's population is graying rapidly even as a large number of nursing care workers quit their jobs every year, leaving nursing care facilities in dire need of staffing.

Sep 28, 2014

Lower House electoral reform

A panel of experts has begun discussions on addressing Lower House electoral reforms, particularly the vote-value disparity between rural and urban districts, after talks among the ruling and opposition parties failed.

Sep 27, 2014

Earth on track for hottest year

2014 could turn out to be the hottest year on Earth since weather record-keeping began, yet getting countries to act together in reducing carbon emissions remains a hard sell.

Sep 27, 2014

Providing care to drug addicts

Japan has prided itself for having escaped the scourge of drug addiction and the need to set up many drug-treatment facilities. A health ministry survey makes a myth of that belief with estimates that the nation has at least 400,000 users (15 to 64 ...

Sep 26, 2014

Ebola's challenge to the world

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has prompted the U.N. Security Council, for the first time, to declare a disease "a threat to international peace and security." Governments are now pitching in to help, but health experts lament that national contributions were so stingy ...

Sep 25, 2014

Safety net for nuclear power

A new system being considered by the government to guarantee a certain price for electricity generated by nuclear reactors — even after the retail sale of power is deregulated — would amount to the subsidization of nuclear energy by consumers.

Sep 25, 2014

Electronics makers clawing back

The earnings turnaround for Japan's major electronics makers — many of which are moving to cut back on consumer product lines to focus on corporate business — has been helped this year by the steep fall in the value of the yen against the ...

Sep 24, 2014

New Komeito's raison d'etre

Natsuo Yamaguchi, the just re-elected chief of New Komeito, and other party leaders should realize that if the party fails to ensure that Japan stays on the pacifist road with respect to the passage of new legislation, it will lose its raison d'etre.

Sep 24, 2014

Checkered land-price spread

Reports of continued declines in land prices suggest that the benefits of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's fight against deflation have yet to reach many of Japan's rural economies.

Sep 23, 2014

Scotland stays in

Although last week's vote in Scotland preserves the U.K., expect the Union to be transformed as the Scottish people hold British politicians to their campaign pledge of giving the Scots more power over their own affairs.

Sep 22, 2014

To defeat and destroy Islamic State

Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria can be defeated, but doing so will require a serious and thoughtful strategy, not a knee-jerk, emotional reaction to its brutality.

Sep 21, 2014

iPS treatment window opens

This month's transplant of a retina sheet made of induced pluripotent stem cells into a human being marks a Japanese milestone toward the application of iPS cells in the treatment of disease.