Sep 16, 2015

Security questions go unanswered

Many of the questions and doubts about the legislation that remained from the Lower House deliberations were also never answered in the Upper House.

Sep 14, 2015

End the nuclear 'safety myth'

The International Atomic Energy Agency's final report on the Fukushima disaster provides a stark lesson on the need to avoid slipping into the same old "safety myth" surrounding nuclear power.

Sep 11, 2015

Discouraging end to Henoko talks

The lack of progress in talks between the national government and the Okinawan government over the Futenma relocation plan was unsurprising, given the Abe administration's unwillingness to pay heed to anti-base sentiment in Okinawa.

Sep 10, 2015

Dubious peacekeeping law revision

Proposed revisions to the United Nations peacekeeping law contained in the security bills now in the Diet contain serious ramifications for the Self-Defense Forces.

Sep 8, 2015

Three more years for Abe

Does the ruling party have a promising future when it needs the nudging of retired veterans to stir up policy discussions or internal competition?

Sep 6, 2015

Unwise revision to Juvenile Law

An LDP proposal to lower the maximum age that minors would be subject to the Juvenile Law would deny many young offenders a chance to be rehabilitated.