Feb 5, 2015

Better life for dementia sufferers

The government, which recently adopted a new strategy for measures against dementia, needs to follow through on the idea of ensuring a better quality of life for patients by heeding the wishes of sufferers and their families.

Feb 3, 2015

Abe's farm cooperative reforms

The Abe administration has yet to provide a convincing explanation on how its agricultural reform plan will strengthen Japan's farming sector and enhance consumer interests.

Feb 2, 2015

Japan must remain undeterred

We repeat our condemnation of the acts of the Islamic State extremist group, which claims to have killed both of the two Japanese they took hostage, Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa. Its attempt to justify their killings by accusing Japan of taking part in ...

Feb 2, 2015

Turbulent times for Skymark

Skymark Airlines Inc., the nation’s third-largest carrier, which filed for bankruptcy protection last week after its moves to buy a fleet of Airbus A380 superjumbos to expand into the international flight market flopped, should seek to rebuild itself by refocusing on and consolidating its ...

Feb 1, 2015

Greece's new government

The victory of the radical left party Syriza in Greek national elections last week poses challenges to the established political order in that country as well as in Europe.

Jan 31, 2015

Too few people to protect kids

Many people in Japan are shocked when they find out how overworked and overextended the nation's network of social workers for protecting children is.

Jan 31, 2015

Japanese talent needs grooming

Japan recently ranked No. 20 worldwide in a business school survey of competitiveness and worker quality. That's not terrible, but it does reveal a lack of readiness for the future global economy.

Jan 30, 2015

Higher wages can boost economy

The prospect of Japanese companies granting wage increases this spring appears mixed as the annual talks on wage hikes get under way between labor and management.

Jan 30, 2015

New ODA policy raises risks

The Abe administration will soon endorse a new basic policy on official development assistance under which Japan may extend aid to the armed forces of developing countries provided the aid is used for nonmilitary purposes such as assistance in times of disaster.

Jan 29, 2015

Tinkering with the war apology

For his statement at next summer's 70-year commemoration of the end of World War II, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants to avoid "nitpicking" words that were already used in Japan's 1995 apology for its wartime aggression in Asia. Will the new statment ...