Nov 4, 2014

Speedy money transfers

Japan's banking industry is discussing whether to extend the hours for processing customer money transfers beyond the 3 p.m. deadline on weekdays as well as to weekends and holidays.

Nov 3, 2014

Putin's shortsighted military play

The rising number of Russian violations of neighbors' airspace of late suggests that President Vladimir Putin is betting that the West can be shown up as a paper tiger. But Russian behavior seems only to be pushing European governments to reduce their interactions with ...

Nov 2, 2014

Too soon for a nuclear restart

The city assembly and the mayor of Satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, have given their nod to restarting Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s Sendai nuclear power plant, although the concerns of many local residents have been left unaddressed.

Nov 1, 2014

Spirit of giving to hometowns

The Abe administration plans to expand the system in which taxpayers contribute money to local governments of their choice — ideally their own hometowns — in return for tax reductions in the places where they currently live.

Oct 31, 2014

Awaiting Okinawans' verdict

As the campaign kicks off for the Nov. 16 Okinawa gubernatorial election, the Abe administration maintains that it will go ahead with land reclamation off the Henoko district of Nago to build a replacement facility for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, regardless of ...

Oct 31, 2014

Political allowance transparency

The Supreme Court's order that members of the Okayama prefectural assembly disclose receipts for "allowed" expenses even under ¥10,000 each is expected to shed light — at least for a while — on how politicians of all stripes use taxpayer-funded allowances.

Oct 30, 2014

Japanese access to U.S. bases

Japan and the U.S. have agreed "in substance" on a new accord that paves the way for on-site environmental surveys by Japanese authorities inside U.S. military bases.

Oct 30, 2014

Aging nuclear power plants

The financial support that the government is considering for power companies that decommission aging nuclear power plants and for the municipalities that host them should not be extended in ways that perpetuate an attitude of reliance on nuclear power.

Oct 29, 2014

Take a balanced look at casinos

Before the government jumps on the casino bandwagon, careful consideration needs to be given to the negative aspects of legalizing this form of gambling.

Oct 29, 2014

Proposed temp law bad for workers

The Abe administration's move to meet business demands for more irregular workers without establishing the principle of "same work, same pay" will only increase the job insecurity of many of the nation's workers.

Oct 28, 2014

China banking on infrastructure

It's hard to fault the ambitions of China and 20 other nations in agreeing to start up the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. After all, Asia does need infrastructure. But there are fears that AIIB is aimed partly at undermining prevailing norms on international lending.

Oct 27, 2014

The rule of law in China

The Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party pledged last week to "comprehensively advance the rule of law." But can the rule of law really take root as long as a party central panel remains in overall control of initiating corruption probes against high-ranking ...