Dec 23, 2016

The cost of cleaning up Fukushima

Government funding for decontamination in the most heavily radiated parts of Fukushima Prefecture will blur Tepco's financial responsibility for the devastation it caused through the 2011 nuclear disaster.

Dec 22, 2016

Review the failure of Monju

Before the government launches another expensive undertaking aimed at keeping its nuclear fuel cycle policy alive, it should first examine why the Monju fast-breeder project ended in failure.

Dec 21, 2016

Henoko dispute simmers on

The Supreme Court ruling in favor of the national government over construction of a new facility for the U.S. military in Okinawa Prefecture to replace the U.S. Marine's Air Station Futenma will not end its bitter confrontation with the prefecture.

Dec 20, 2016

China tests the United States

When it comes to the South China Sea, the world cannot afford to let Beijing make light of international law and its own promises of restraint.

Dec 18, 2016

Four years of Abe in power

Four years on, Abe's grip on power seems as strong as ever. The question remains how and where he will use his ample political resources.

Dec 16, 2016

A step forward for Japan-Russia ties

The summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin helped set the stage for future efforts to resolve the long-standing territorial row.

Dec 15, 2016

Air base noise pollution problem

A Supreme Court decision is likely to set precedents against lower courts granting compensation for problems caused by the operation of military aircraft.

Dec 14, 2016

Japan's ratification of the TPP

If the Abe administration believes in the TPP as a key to drive up Japan's growth, it should prepare to restructure its strategy on how to push the nation's free trade agenda in case the deal is formally declared dead.

Dec 13, 2016

Google's commitment to go green

Google's announcement that it will meet 100 percent of its corporate energy demand from carbon-free sources by next year is a critical step in responsible environmental stewardship.