Jan 27, 2014

Alcohol dependency in Japan

A major problem in Japan, where an estimated 6.45 million people have alcohol-related problems, is the lack of social recognition that alcohol dependency is an illness.

Jan 26, 2014

Tokyo, Washington agree to stay course on sealing TPP

Japan and the United States have agreed to continue to work closely on speedily concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks, trade minister Toshimitsu Motegi said after meeting Saturday with the U.S. trade chief on the fringes of the World Economic Forum in Davos, ...

New York lawmakers unveil second 'comfort women' memorial

Jan 26, 2014

New York lawmakers unveil second 'comfort women' memorial

New York lawmakers joined Korean-American and other groups to unveil a second monument to the women forced into sexual slavery before and during World War II at Veterans Memorial in Nassau County on Long Island on Friday. The victims are euphemistically referred to as ...

Jan 21, 2014

Japan's nuclear waste problem

The government plans to step up its efforts to select a final disposal site for high-level radioactive waste from nuclear power generation despite having searched for more than a decade, without success, to find a willing host community.

Jan 21, 2014

Japan heading for darker days

by Takamitsu Sawa

It's still baffling why the Abe administration was in such a hurry to have the state secrets bill passed when various opinion surveys showed that the bill was opposed by about 80 percnet of respondens on the very day the Upper House voted on ...

Jan 21, 2014

The real cause of Japan's renewed prosperity

by Walt Gardner

Despite the apparent disconnect in recent years between the exemplary performance of Japanese students and the nation's stock and currency market fluctuations, the knowledge and skills that students bring to the workplace in the form of human capital make the companies that hire them ...

Jan 18, 2014

China takes foreign journalists on tour of WWII battle sites

The Chinese government on Saturday conducted a two-day media tour of old WWII sites for foreign journalists that appeared directed against Japan. In the tour, arranged by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, nearly 40 foreign correspondents based in Beijing and other Chinese cities visited five ...

Jan 17, 2014

Problematic nuclear accord

Japan should start considering right now how and whether it will assume liability for damages and casualties if a severe accident occurs at one of the four nuclear reactors that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is building with a French company in northern Turkey.