Apr 6, 2015

A nuclear deal, and much more

If the nuclear deal with Tehran succeeds, it will remove a source of great instability in the Middle East and could facilitate Iran's building of a new relationship with the rest of the world.

Apr 2, 2015

Ambitious Nankai quake plan

The government must verify and review its highly ambitious reponse plan for the predicted Nankai Trough quake to ensure it can be implemented smoothly when disaster strikes.

Apr 1, 2015

Nation's food self-sufficiency rate

Instead of setting excessively high targets for food self-sufficiency, maintaining an open trade system and diverse sources of food imports should be the priority for Japan in its quest for food security.

Apr 1, 2015

Corporate leadership rejuvenation

Hopefully the move to buck the seniority system and appoint younger presidents will help breathe fresh air into the staid corporate culture of major Japanese firms.

Mar 31, 2015

'A giant of history' leaves the stage

The late Lee Kuan Yew used to insist that he had to maintain a tight political grip on Singapore. Today, however, there are rising doubts about the durability of the system he has bequeathed to his son.

Mar 31, 2015

Local politics matter

Races for this year’s nationwide series of local elections kicked off with the start of official campaigns last week for gubernatorial elections in 10 prefectures on April 12 — the same day that local assembly seats in 41 prefectures and 22 major cities will ...

Mar 31, 2015

Trading personal data

A proposed revision to the law on protecting personal information, already submitted to the Diet, would allow businesses that hold customer data to provide the information to third parties as long as the data is processed to prevent identification of the individuals. It is ...

Mar 29, 2015

Letting popular will prevail

Political parties and lawmakers should not put off trying to resolve the vote-value gap between the nation's electoral districts just because recent high court rulings on the matter have been inconclusive.

Mar 28, 2015

Stalking cases up a third year

The number of reported stalking cases rose for the third straight year last year, meaning that an average of more than 60 Japanese women every day are being stalked.