TPP mitigation must be effective

The Abe administration's plan for easing the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership includes lots of promises, but how well they will work remains a major concern.

Macri's moment has come

With Argentina's legislature still controlled by the Peronists, new President Mauricio Macri faces an uphill battle to implement the reforms necessary to turn the country's economy around.


New ways to reduce child abuse

While an expert panel looks for better ways to protect children, the government needs to look into the basic issue of how to eliminate the potential seeds of abuse in ...

Nov 25, 2015

Ramifications of Osaka elections

Osaka Ishin no Kai's big win in Sunday's elections had national repercussions, but it still needs to work with the opposition to get anything done at the local level.

Nov 24, 2015

Can privatization turn KIA around?

The sale of the rights to run Kansai International Airport to a private consortium could serve as a role model for other money-losing public-infrastructure operations if efficiency and profitability improves.

Nov 23, 2015

Mobile phone fees need reform

The telecommunications ministry has a chance to affect much-needed change in the fee structure for mobile phones, particularly for those people who don't download a lot of data.

Nov 21, 2015

Young people with 'old eyes'

It's starting to become clear that overuse of electronic gadgets like smartphones and computers is having a dramatic impact on the health of young people's eyes.

Nov 20, 2015

Another back-to-back GDP drop

It's time for the prime minister to take stock of "Abenomics" and consider what needs to be done to achieve the virtuous cycle that he keeps promising.

Nov 19, 2015

Mitsubishi Regional Jet takes flight

The debut flight of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet is welcome news for Japan's long-dormant aircraft manufacturing industry, but ensuring its success will require considerable effort.

Nov 18, 2015

Court battle over Henoko

The court battle the central government has launched against the Okinawa Prefectural government over the project to relocate Air Station Futenma could further complicate the standoff.

Nov 17, 2015

Russia's culture of sports cheating

There can be no meaningful athletic competition when athletes can systematically cheat. Until Russia can provide assurances that its athletes are clean, they should be banned from international competition.

Nov 16, 2015

Horror in Paris

The struggle against Islamic State is a war against extremism, and the world must be prepared for more such acts of horror.