Dec 5, 2014

The elephant in the room

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to postpone the second phase of the consumption tax hike may be popular with much of the electorate, but it would be unfortunate if the decision diverts people's attention from the nation's real fiscal plight.

Dec 5, 2014

Keep safety nets in place

Postponement of the consumption tax rate hike must not be used as an excuse to reduce funding of social security programs for low-income people, children from poor families and child-rearing households.

Dec 4, 2014

Weighing Abe's Asian diplomacy

Japanese voters should consider the results of the Abe adminisration's diplomatic moves with regard to South Korea and China, when they cast their votes Dec. 14.

Dec 3, 2014

Debating nuclear energy

Lawmakers and parties need to lay out energy plans that include measures to reduce emissions that don't rely on nuclear power.

Dec 1, 2014

Judging Abe's policies

Along with the bread and butter issues of the economy, voters are urged to take a serious look at the Abe administration's actions in the areas of defense and freedom of information over the past two years.

Nov 30, 2014

Sudden departure at the Pentagon

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has resigned. Many observers were surprised by the sudden departure, even though President Barack Obama had indicated that he would be shaking up his foreign policy team in the wake of the disastrous midterm elections held last month. ...

Nov 29, 2014

Shameful waste of tax money

Hundreds of billions of yen in taxpayer money was again wasted by the government and publicly funded organizations in fiscal 2013.

Nov 26, 2014

Revitalizing local economies

Can the Abe administrative accomplish what past governments have tried and failed to do, and revitalize Japan's regional economies?

Nov 26, 2014

Probing Gunma patient deaths

Gunma University Hospital's investigative committee as well as the health ministry should carry out a thorough probe to find out what led to the deaths of eight patients who underwent liver surgery.