Dec 7, 2013

More women working for less

Although a record high 63 percent of Japanese women held jobs in September, acccording to a government survey, the details show that Japan's women are still relegated to part-time, nonregular positions.

U.S. requests China hotline to defuse air zone tensions

Dec 7, 2013

U.S. requests China hotline to defuse air zone tensions

The United States has urged China to set up an emergency hotline with Japan and South Korea to avoid confusion in Beijing’s newly declared air defense zone. Washington does not recognize Beijing’s air defense identification zone, which extends over the East China Sea and ...

Dec 6, 2013

Government without oversight

Even if the state secrets bill becomes a law, it will be important for people to continue grass-roots movements to oppose it and to prevent from being used to curb their right to know and to express their thought and opinions.

Dec 6, 2013

ADIZs: separating fact from fiction


The fact that China's new air defense identification zone overlaps that of Japan, Taiwan and South Korea is not "illegal" and is perhaps part of a strategy to level the legal playing field vis-a-vis Japan's claims in the disputed area.

Dec 5, 2013

Voter inequality under the law

The disparity in vote value between more and less populous Upper House constituencies has grown so wide that it is undermining the principle of equality under the law with regard to the representation of voters's will.

Dec 4, 2013

Ishiba validates secrecy bill fears

In his recent criticism of public demonstrations near the Diet building by those opposed to the secrecy bill, Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Shigeru Ishiba validated concerns that the bill could be used to silence citizens who express certain political opinions or demands.

Dec 3, 2013

A vital role for Caroline Kennedy


Given the nexus of issues that tie vital U.S. interests to Japan's reform process, Caroline Kennedy, the new U.S. ambassador to Japan, could well prove to be a crucial link between the countries.

Dec 2, 2013

The politics of secrets

Flip-flops in government explanations of the contentious bill for protecting state secrets — now under deliberation in the Upper House — suggest that the government itself does not have a clear idea of how it plans to prevent the arbitrary designation of information as ...