Sep 28, 2015

Abe's pivot to his economic policy

Instead of spouting nice-sounding slogans, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should conduct a sober assessment of what his economic policies have lacked and what is needed going forward.

Sep 27, 2015

Misplaced emphasis on coal

The government and the power industry should rethink their emphasis on coal as a cheap alternative to nuclear energy in view of the impact on the nation's efforts against climate change.

Sep 26, 2015

Workers getting a smaller share

Japanese workers, notorious for their dedication, overtime and unpaid holidays, are adding to the profits of their corporations but without getting as much back as they should.

Sep 24, 2015

The coming crisis in housing

The government's policy on housing should veer away from encouraging new construction and focus more on developing the market for secondhand houses.

Sep 23, 2015

The enemy of my enemy

If Russia can help end the civil war in Syria, then the rest of the world must be ready to work with it to resolve this crisis.

Sep 21, 2015

U.K. Labour swings back to the left

Jeremy Corbyn's rise to power in Britain's Labour Party is a manifestation of a deep unease that can produce more extreme candidates on the right and the left.

Sep 20, 2015

Onaga's challenge on Henoko

Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga might lose the legal battle that's likely coming over his revocation of landfill approval for the Futenma replacement base, but Tokyo would be wise to consider the public sentiment behind his move.

Sep 19, 2015

Finding the right minimum wage

Raising the minimum wage in each prefecture will help achieve broad-based pay increases, but could also cause difficulties for small and medium-size businesses.