Commentary Topics

Mar 7, 2015

Electricity and gas deregulation

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.

Mar 6, 2015

Japan's military normalization

by Jamie Metzl

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?

Mar 6, 2015

Common values bind Japan and Germany

by Takahiro Shinyo

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.