Four years on, it's still not clear whether Tokyo Electrip Power Co. has learned anything, or why Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has not demanded accountability from the company tht gave the world its worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.
The Abe administration has readied two bills for finalizing the deregulation of the nation's electricity and city gas businesses, but each bill comes with a rider allowing the delay of implementation if conditions aren't right for the utilities.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants Japan to become a "normal" country again, with the capacity to defend its interests and citizens wherever they are threatened. But how should his government go about it?
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Japan next week will underscore the common values between the two nations and the potential for mutual cooperation on issues involving Germany's leadership role in Europe and Japan's efforts to achieve true peace with its neighbors.