Commentary Topics

Feb 4, 2014

Abe's reactionary leadership

by Hugh Cortazzi

The Japanese government has so far failed to give meaningful reassurances about how the reactionary and potentially dangerous state secrets law, rammed through the Japanese Diet in December, will operate.

Feb 2, 2014

Cooling down the history wars

by Shaun O'dwyer

To protect the integrity of history teaching, historians and teachers should insist, forcefully, that there are many spaces where patriotism can be cultivated in a modern democratic society but that the history classroom is not one of them.

Jan 28, 2014

New dawn breaking over Japan

by Shinzo Abe

Writing from Davos, Switzerland, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says it is not twilight, but a new dawn, that is breaking over Japan, thanks to his administration's overcoming the notion that certain reforms could never be carried out.